Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium was the most significant construction project of 2017, the Associated General Contractors of America announced. As a result, the project's contractor, a joint venture of Holder-Hunt-Russell-Moody, received the association's Construction Risk Partners Build America Grand Award, as well as the award for the best building project over $100 million.

ATLANTA (AP) — Mercedes-Benz Stadium is about to be on perhaps its largest national stage — The Jan. 8 College Football Playoff title game — and fans say Atlanta's new $1.5 billion facility is living up to the hype despite a series of construction setbacks that delayed its opening.

Falcons officials, who said March 29 they would update the construction schedule for Mercedes-Benz Stadium within seven to 10 days, now say it will take a while longer to assess the timeline. That leaves open the question of whether the downtown stadium will host its first event as scheduled July 30 or be delayed for the third time."We don't expect to have an update for at least a week," Brett Jewkes, senior vice president and chief communications officer of Falcons parent company AMB Group, said Friday.

The Atlanta Falcons marked a milestone Wednesday in the construction of Mercedes-Benz Stadium as one of the final steel beams for the fixed portion of the roof was lifted into position before a gathering of media members. Hundreds of construction workers signed the beam before it was hoisted by crane and bolted into place almost 300 feet above what will be the Falcons' playing field.