Georgia Dome

Roof construction delays Mercedes Benz Stadium opening

The planned opening of the $1.5 billion Mercedes Benz Stadium has been delayed by ongoing roof construction.

Steve Cannon, the CEO of Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank's businesses, said Tuesday the delay is a "timeline" issue. He insisted there is no concern about how the roof will work.

"Yes, we have a complex design and we have a complex building," Cannon said. "But there has never been any concern about the operability of the roof."

Cannon said installation of the roof petals is three-quarters complete.

"Normal steelwork has taken longer than anticipated and that has had an impact on the overall...