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Falcons Order $200 Million in Changes to New Mercedes-Benz Stadium Project

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst IIIJune 17, 2016

Cranes sit inside the Atlanta Falcons new stadium currently under construction Monday, May 16, 2016, in Atlanta. Falcons owner Arthur Blank says the Mercedes-Benz Stadium is on schedule to open in June 2017 as scheduled and he's hoping it will be announced next week as the site of a Super Bowl. The Falcons also unveiled their new food and beverage plan which includes $2 hot dogs and soft drinks, a sharp decrease from current prices at the Georgia Dome. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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The Atlanta Falcons are less than a year away from opening their new state-of-the-art stadium, but it's going to cost a little more money than they thought.

Per Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons have requested approximately $200 million worth of changes to Mercedes-Benz Stadium, according to a May 31 report from the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA).

The report stated the total amount comes out to $199.5 million for changes to the $1 billion-plus Atlanta stadium that's set to open in June 2017.

Originally, the Falcons' new home was set to open in March 2017, but Falcons owner Arthur Blank said the delay was due to complications with the steel structure that's supposed to support the retractable roof and video board, per Tucker. The GWCCA is also waiting for final reviews on the aforementioned structure.

The report did not state whether these changes would alter the targeted completion date, which is June 1, a Falcons spokeswoman told Tucker.

The stadium looks to be one of the most complex designs ever created in the United States, so it's no surprise that there have been some problems. But it's not a good sign that the Falcons are continuing to request significant changes with the stadium set to open in less than a year.

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