Ryan Mayer

The Falcons’ long-time home, the Georgia Dome, is set to be torn down in the coming months as the team prepares to move into their new glitzy home, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, next season. The team played its last home game in the dome last weekend when they hosted the Packers, but, fans weren’t quite ready to say goodbye. A petition was started by Falcons fan Andrew Wagner on Change.org to have the stadium host a Super Bowl watch party for the team as they play the Patriots next week in Houston.

The mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, told reporters that he was working on a plan to open the Dome for Super Bowl Sunday. That all said, don’t get too excited, Falcons fans. Officials for the stadium released a statement saying that NFL rules prevent them from using the Dome to broadcast the game.

“We share your tremendous excitement that the Atlanta Falcons are headed to the Super Bowl. NFL rules prohibit us from using the Georgia Dome for broadcasting the game. Fans wishing to gather with other fans to watch the game can consider patronizing neighborhood businesses who will be showing the game.” — Georgia Dome statement

Unfortunately, fans will have to find their own parties to congregate at and root on the team.