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Mercedes-Benz Stadium Delay Will Not Affect Alabama-FSU Game

By Joseph Oakes -- April 19, 2017 3:34 PM EDT

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One of the most highly anticipated games to open up the 2017 college football season will be the Alabama vs. Florida State in Atlanta's new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. However, construction hasn't gone according to plan. The completion date was originally pushed back to June 1 and now July 30th, just over a month before the Tide and Seminoles are set to square off on September 2nd. The delay, which has been widely reported, is due to the unique retractable roof.

However, the CEO of the Peach Bowl, who is hosting the game isn't worried. "We have full assurances from the Falcons that everything's going to be fine with the stadium," said Gary Stokan.

"Yeah, there's no reason for a backup plan because everything is going to be ready," Stokan added. "The roof is going to be fine and really that's the only thing ... construction-wise everything else is ahead of schedule or on schedule."

Both schools have already sold out of their 30,000 ticket allotment for the game, and a crowd of around 71,000 is expected. Alabama and Florida State are both expected to be pre-season top 5 teams in 2017, with FSU coming off of an Orange Bowl win and Alabama coming off a last second loss to Clemson in the national championship.

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