Throughout the process of construction at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Falcons owner Arthur Blank has shown even with his considerable financial resources he’s not considerably different than any other American who’s every gone through a home improvement project. The build rarely starts on time, it’s typically over budget and the time workers clean up and exit the site is always later than originally anticipated.

The irony that Blank made billions founding The Home Depot is not lost here.

However, after months of setbacks and overruns, the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium has a hard completion date.

Falcons CEO and president Rich McKay joined PFT Live on Thursday and said the new stadium will be ready for its preseason opener on Aug. 26. He also put rumors to bed that the intricate retractable roof would remain closed through the first season.

The first game played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be a preseason Week 3 contest against the Arizona Cardinals on Aug. 26. The Falcons will get first crack at Blanks’ billion-dollar palace. Atlanta’s football team will share the space with the city’s futbol team, Atlanta United. The Five Stripes will play their first game in the new digs on Sept. 10 when they host FC Dallas.

While McKay’s segment with PFT Live was being aired, the lights were turned on Thursday morning at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.


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