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Several high-profile failures have plagued Atlanta's reputation on a national stage over the years: unpreparedness for ice and snow storms, a recent highway collapse and subsequent shutdown from a fire and chronic traffic and public transportation woes.


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Workers are racing to complete Atlanta's new $1.5 billion stadium project in the next three months after ongoing roof issues have delayed the facility's opening.


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Mercedes-Benz Stadium general manager Scott Jenkins told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the building is 90 percent done, and "is looking great."


Todd Kirkland / associated press

Atlanta United President Darren Eales said Tuesday construction on Mercedes-Benz Stadium remains on schedule for the Major League Soccer team to play the first game in the facility on July 30.

"At this stage, it is still as planned," Eales said.

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Even so, Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank acknowledged the complex retractable roof on the $1.5 billion stadium has been a challenge.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium
David Goldman / Associated Press

The Atlanta Falcons hope to have an update soon on whether issues regarding its new stadium — notably, its roof — will again delay its projected opening day.


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Challenges in building the retractable roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium also raise questions about whether the Falcons could play in the stadium before the roof is operable, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.


If not, would they have to play some home games elsewhere?