Currie receiving assurance that new Atlanta stadium will 'absolutely be ready' to host Tennessee opener

Currie receiving assurance that new Atlanta stadium will 'absolutely be ready' to host Tennessee opener

May 3rd, 2017 by David Cobb in Sports - College

FILE -In this Tuesday, April 18, 2017 file photo, large cranes loom over the construction at the new Mercedes Benz Stadium, in Atlanta. The planned opening of the $1.5 billion stadium has been delayed. Stadium general manager Scott Jenkins told The Associated Press on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, that the building is 90 percent done, but the biggest holdup has been roof construction. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

Photo by The Associated Press /Times Free Press.

Tennessee athletic director John Currie is receiving regular assurances that Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta will be ready to host UT's season opener, Currie wrote in a letter to fans on Wednesday.

The Volunteers are scheduled to open their 2017 football season against Georgia Tech in the new stadium on Sept. 4, but the facility's completion date has been delayed.

Currie said "a number of fans" have asked about the reported construction delays on the stadium.

"Gary Stokan, the president and CEO of Peach Bowl, Inc., which is based in Atlanta and is producing the game, checks in regularly and assures me that the stadium will absolutely be ready to host not just our game but and the Alabama-Florida State game two days prior, as well as an Atlanta Falcons exhibition game in late August," Currie wrote in the letter.

The $1.5 billion stadium will be home to Atlanta United of Major League Soccer and the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. It is also scheduled to host the College Football Playoff national championship game, a Super Bowl and a Final Four before the middle of 2020.

"I can't wait to join the Big Orange faithful to watch the Vols play in what projects to be one of the finest stadiums in the world," Currie wrote. "Stay tuned for more updates as warranted."

An Atlanta United soccer game was scheduled to be played in the new facility on July 30, but the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported recently that the stadium's opening was being pushed back to an Atlanta Falcons preseason game on Aug. 26.


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