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Mercedes-Benz Stadium still on schedule for June 1st opening in 2017

Atlanta United's home venue is still on schedule to open on June 1st, 2017. Arthur Blank remained adamant on Monday during a club media event regarding their training facility that the initial delay will be the only delay in the building of Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

With Atlanta United set to begin play in MLS in March of 2017, that leaves the club without a stadium to play their home matches in for the first three months of the season. The club has stated that it's likely to begin the season with a long road trip instead of playing their home matches at a temporary venue like the Georgia Dome or elsewhere.

While this seems like a travesty for the club, it's really not that unheard of. An established club like Toronto FC is undergoing a very similar situation this season while their current stadium is being renovated.

A long road trip to begin the MLS season will only make the eventual home opener that much special for the team and their supporters. Having two separate home openers if a temporary venue was in place just would take the luster off the first match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.