The biggest Week 1 game might have to move locations.
Alabama and Florida State are headlining the opening weekend of the 2017 college football season. The two power programs are scheduled to play in Atlanta at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 2 for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
Construction of the new stadium hasn't been going as planned, though.
There's just one thing: Construction of the $1.5 billion stadium hasn't gone as planned. Originally scheduled to open last month, the completion date was first pushed back to June 1. More recently, the doors were set to open July 30 -- just over a month before the Crimson Tide and Seminoles arrive in Atlanta for the Sept. 2 game.
For anyone concerned about the delays impacting kickoff, the CEO of the Peach Bowl that's hosting the game, isn't worried.
"We have full assurances from the Falcons that everything's going to be fine with the stadium," Gary Stokan told AL.com.
The opening of the stadium has been pushed back to late August.
From the AJC:
Steve Cannon, CEO of Atlanta Falcons parent company AMB Group, said Tuesday that the opening will be pushed back from July 30, when an Atlanta United soccer match was to have been played in the new stadium, to Aug. 26, when a Falcons pre-season game is scheduled to be played there.
Cannon also confirmed that “decommissioning” and demolition of the Georgia Dome have been put on hold “until we are 100 percent certain of achieving our certificate of occupancy.”
Organizers of the Alabama-FSU game continue to say there's no reason to expect the game will be moved, but it seems like there's now a chance it will be.
Alabama and Florida State are expected to be the primetime, 8 p.m. game on either ABC or ESPN.