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Mercedes-Benz Stadium Is Incredibly Empty Just 30 Minutes Before Kickoff

A general view of the Atlanta falcons stadium.

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 26: A general view of Mercedes-Benz Stadium prior to the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Arizona Cardinals on August 26, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Long security lines have made it hard for fans to get to their seats, and the stands at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta are pretty empty just minutes ahead of Alabama vs. Georgia.

There is no doubt that fans in SEC country are excited for this Alabama vs. Georgia national title game in Atlanta. Ticket prices have been outrageous, considering both fan bases are pretty close, and Georgia fans have a chance to capture their first national title in decades.

However, people will still be filing in well after kickoff thanks to crazy security lines.

We're closing in on the opening kick-off, and reporters at the game have started to tweet pictures of what the stadium looks like so far. It isn't a great visual at the moment.

This definitely looks more like an also-ran bowl game in mid-December crowd than a national championship game featuring Alabama vs. Georgia in the heart of SEC country. However, it isn't because tickets have gone unsold. Security issues were exacerbated by the appearance of President Donald Trump. His motorcade was actually booed outside of Mercedes-Benz Stadium because it kept thousands of fans stuck out in a rainy Atlanta.

We truly hope that people who've spent thousands of dollars to attend what might be a once-in-a-lifetime event like this can make it in, and not miss too much of the action between the Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs.

Kickoff of tonight's game is just minutes away. The game will be broadcast on ESPN, and in a number of different forms via the network's "Megacast" around its family of channels.