The Atlanta Falcons are playing in the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium this season, a stadium already being viewed as the latest crown jewel NFL arena. Mercedes-Benz Stadium is also hosting a number of other events, including soccer, college football, and even high school marching band competitions. Despite sparing no expense, there are still a few issues that need to be fixed.

Over the weekend, while hosting a marching band competition and with heavy rain moving through the area, rain began to fall on performers and their equipment. The roof, though retractable, is not exactly as watertight as it is supposed to be.

One billion is actually low. The projected cost came in at about $1.6 billion. You’d think at that cost they would have the roof issue sorted out, especially considering the roof caused some construction delays along the way as well. But new stadiums in all sports will have their initial hiccups, and this is no different.

“The severe weather conditions and on-going construction led to a few leaks around various parts of the stadium, which is common,” a Mercedes-Benz Stadium spokesperson said in a statement, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “All areas were addressed and had no impact on events in the building.”

So the problem is still being addressed. And while the problem does not appear to be affecting the actual playing surface, this is still a mild inconvenience for anyone who has to be on the sideline until the leak is plugged.

[Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

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