High-tech Atlanta stadium a hit with fans after early woes


ATLANTA (AP) – Mercedes-Benz Stadium is about to be on perhaps its largest national stage – Monday night’s College Football Playoff title game – and fans say Atlanta’s new $1.5 billion facility is living up to the hype despite a series of construction setbacks that delayed its opening.

The game at the glitzy stadium features two teams that already have played there: rivals Georgia and Alabama.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium drew record-breaking crowds for a number of major sporting events, including the Atlanta Falcons NFL games and United MLS matches. Some of music’s top performers from Garth Brooks to Trisha Yearwood had a packed concert at the state-of-the-art facility.

Some fans are calling the stadium “beautiful” and a “great central location” in downtown Atlanta. The stadium is located near Centennial Olympic Park, where Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar will perform a free show during halftime.

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