Digi-blog goes to Falcons’ $1.5 billion potentially retractable roof stadium


This is the room that houses the controls for the hypothetically retractable roof at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which may work some time in 2017. (Jeff Schultz/jschultz@ajc.com)

The chief of communications for Falcons owner Arthur Blank emerged from the room, closed the door behind him and delivered the verdict.

“You can’t go in there,” Brett Jewkes said.

“Why not?”

“There’s a lot security people in there. There’s stuff they don’t want you to see.”

“Didn’t you say the button’s not even connected yet?”

“Well, yeah. But there’s IP addresses everywhere. They’re on all of the TV screens and they don’t want you to see them. The Green Bay Packers can get that.”

(How did he know my cheesehead was bugged?)

I went on my first tour of the Atlanta Falcons’ Mercedes-Benz Atom-Splitting/Nuclear Fission Research Laboratory, Space Station And Hypothetically Retractable Roof Stadium on Tuesday.

We each were given construction vests and hard hats with stickers that read, “Valid throughout the 2017 season.” Kidding. Not really.

I had only one goal Tuesday. That was to push the button. Or at least see the button. Or at least talk to somebody who has seen the button or has received security clearance to push the button to close the magical roof, which I’m assuming worked in the small scale version at Mattel Toys.

Alas, if there was a button, it probably would look like this:

Jewkes agreed to walk me down the hall from the press box to the Stadium Operations Center. The door was ajar. I peaked in and saw television screens. No Russians.

Alas, after being told I would not be allowed in the secret room, I was informed there really wasn’t a button anyway. The hypothetically retractable roof would be opened and closed by the touch of a video screen. But it wasn’t connected yet. This is sort of…

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