Weather permitting, roof will be open for Falcons-Packers

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons’ new retractable-roof stadium is ready to open.

The roof, that is.

After dealing with construction and mechanical issues that delayed the opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium and forced the first five games to be played with the roof closed, officials said it could be open for Sunday’s prime-time contest in which the NFC champion Falcons host the Green Bay Packers.

It will depend on the weather, of course, but the long-range forecast looks extremely promising: a high of 85 during the day, with mostly sunny conditions, and a low of 64 in the evening.

The Falcons haven’t played an open-air home game since their finale at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on Dec. 15, 1991. The team moved into the Georgia Dome the following year for a 25-season run.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened last month with a pair of Falcons’ exhibition games. The $1.5 billion facility has since hosted two college football games, as well as Sunday’s Major League Soccer match between Atlanta United and FC Dallas. But the unique roof, which resembles a camera lens, remained shut while officials ensured that it could open and close within about 12 minutes. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

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