There has been a lot of anticipation for the opening weekend showdown between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Florida State Seminoles. The game is slated to take place in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is the home of the Atlanta Falcons. The stadium was scheduled to be completed on June 1, but that date has now been pushed back. With the target date now July 30, there is some speculation that the stadium might not be ready. Now it looks like the Georgia Dome, which was supposed to be blown up now has a chance to host the in September.
Steve Cannon, CEO of Atlanta Falcons parent company AMB Group, said Tuesday that the opening will be pushed back from July 30, when an Atlanta United soccer match was to have been played in the new stadium, to Aug. 26, when a Falcons pre-season game is scheduled to be played there.
Cannon also confirmed that “decommissioning” and demolition of the Georgia Dome have been put on hold “until we are 100 percent certain of achieving our certificate of occupancy.”
I would be very surprised if the new Falcons stadium is not ready in time for the Crimson Tide and Seminoles showdown. But if for some reason the game has to be moved to the Georgia Dome, I would expect multiple people to come under fire about how long the construction of the stadium took.