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#1 brewman

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Posted 05 October 2016 - 09:04 PM

Steve Canon, CEO of AMB Group, in a recent interview is now saying late June or early July.

 

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From the article quoting Steve Cannon:

 

He said “substantial completion” is scheduled for June, and “we’re not changing our position on that whatsoever.” But asked if it is known whether events will be held there in June, he said: “We’re shooting for the summer, and whether that summer is late June or early July, that is dependent on the MLS schedule as well as the (testing) process for the stadium.”


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#2 Unitedman

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Posted 05 October 2016 - 09:29 PM

I would have preferred:  "We don't really care when the stadium is open, so long as it's open for the Falcons"



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Posted 05 October 2016 - 09:53 PM

Expect progressive delay announcements... Just like a Airline flight...

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#4 CherryGhost

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Posted 05 October 2016 - 10:24 PM

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#5 Gr8Force

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 07:56 PM

Looks like they're going to be very slightly delayed for the opening by the date of late June to early July but they're still on for the forecast of opening in the summer for July 30. That's really a very acceptable delay for such a massive project with the added bonus of getting to go to home matches before then.

http://www.ajc.com/s...ePzcgVPnQ3CIyN/

 



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Posted 06 January 2017 - 08:47 PM

This would be only a slight delay (if the original opening date was supposed to be in early July of 2017 instead of March 2017).

 

Thank God we share the stadium with the Falcons - who knows how long the delay could have been if the big dollars of the NFL were not involved.



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Posted 06 January 2017 - 10:58 PM

Per the original article for this feed, late June or early July, it is slight. Any other concept of "original" is not relevant to the article that started this thread.



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Posted 09 January 2017 - 02:39 PM

The article that started this particular thread does not reflect the full timeline of the 1st Atlanta United game at the Benz.

 

April 16, 2014

Arthur Blank (AMB) was awarded the Atlanta United franchise on April 16, 2014, and a big part of AMB getting the franchise was the new stadium being ready for MLS play.  In fact, AMB had originally applied for a franchise in 2008, but had to withdraw the application due to the lack of a suitable stadium (Wiki : As the largest metropolitan area without an MLS franchise, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank's AMB Group submitted a bid in 2008 for an expansion franchise, but withdrew the bid in early 2009 due to its inability to get a stadium built.)

 

January 2016 the new opening date for Atlanta United at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium is set as June 1, 2017.

http://www.myajc.com...15AOrNYSUchHFM/

 

From the AJC article (my bold-facing)

Posted: 6:23 p.m. Thursday, January 21, 2016

Construction of the downtown stadium that will become home to the Atlanta Falcons and a new professional soccer team won’t be completed in time for a long-planned March 2017 opening.

The new target date for completion of Mercedes-Benz Stadium is June 1, 2017, Arthur Blank, owner of the Falcons and Major League Soccer team Atlanta United, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an interview Thursday.

 

 

October 2016   The start of this thread.  Opening date for the stadium is pushed back to late June, early July.

 

 

January 2017   New opening date set as July 30, 2017.  Is this the final change?  Who knows?

 

 

I'm using the April 16, 2014 date as the first time it is announced there will be a MLS game at played in the new stadium at the start of the 2017 MLS season, and so the opening date has since slid about 4.5 months (early/mid March - late July).  From mid-April 2014 - mid-2017 is 35 months making the 4.5 month delay about a 14.5% delay (if my math is correct).

 

Is a 14.5% delay "normal" for this size of a project?  



#9 clambake

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 09:36 PM

You're starting your timeline late and not taking the earlier impacts into consideration though. The original Memorandum of Understanding between the Falcons and the GWCCA was signed in 2013 and it stated:

 

"It is the goal to have the NSP completed for the 2017 NFL season."

 

https://www.gwcca.or...cution copy.pdf

 

Before Arthur made his statement about playing the soccer season there, he asked the design and construction teams to improve the schedule by five months to accommodate it. According to the MOU that was signed, they're on, and possibly slightly ahead of schedule.



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 10:15 PM

You're starting your timeline late and not taking the earlier impacts into consideration though. The original Memorandum of Understanding between the Falcons and the GWCCA was signed in 2013 and it stated:

 

"It is the goal to have the NSP completed for the 2017 NFL season."

 

https://www.gwcca.or...cution copy.pdf

 

Before Arthur made his statement about playing the soccer season there, he asked the design and construction teams to improve the schedule by five months to accommodate it. According to the MOU that was signed, they're on, and possibly slightly ahead of schedule.

 

The date in question is the Atlanta United home opener; not the Falcon's home opener.  There wasn't even an Atlanta United team until April 2014, and therefore the thought of the Benz needing to be ready in March 2017 didn't even exist until April 2014.   As of April 2014 the new Benz opening date target was publicly stated as the beginning of the 2017 MLS season (March 2017), and did not officially change again until January 2016 when the opening date was pushed back to June 1, 2016.


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#11 zzbaron

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 08:46 PM

Presenting facts with cooresponding logical conclusions has no place on this forum.
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