If you like Chick-fil-A or even if you don’t like Chick-fil-A, you likely know that it isn’t open on Sundays for religious reasons. Atlanta Falcons fans learned yesterday that the rule doesn’t change for football.
Inside the new Mercedes Benz Stadium, across the street from the old Georgia Dome, Chick-fil-A will be closed for 7 out of the 8 Falcons home games. The only game outside of preseason is Thursday Night Football on December 7th.
Fortunately for Chick-fil-A and concessionaire Levy, there will be plenty of events outside of NFL games at the venue. Between concerts, Atlanta United FC (Major League Soccer), and college football games, including a pair in Week 1 known as the Chick-fil-A Kickoff games. The first of which will be the primetime matchup between Alabama vs. Florida State on Saturday, Sept 2. The other will put Georgia Tech against Tennessee on Monday, Sept, 4.
If fans don’t go to the previously mentioned events, they might not realize what they’re missing. The concession stands during game days will be flipped to sell standard, nonbranded items.
Without the religious conflict, this may be one of the reasons why Zaxby’s, another chicken chain, became the official chicken of the Falcons signing a 5-year deal earlier this month. But the bad news - they can’t get that either at the stadium.
The plus side, there are several other competing chicken sandwiches available. One sandwich not-so-subtly inspired by Chick-fil-A comes from former “Top Chef” contestant Kevin Gillespie. The Closed on Sundays chicken sandwich features fried chicken on a roll with a pickle, mayo, and honey butter. Another breaded chicken sandwich is available at the Westside Works stand, a partnership between Falcons owner Arthur Blank and the local community.
The Super Bowl runner ups play their inaugural regular season in their new home on Sunday, September 17. The Falcons host the Green Bay Packers for Sunday Night Football. Sadly, Chick-fil-A will not be there to celebrate.