High hopes for new high-tech Atlanta stadium despite delays

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team, sits under construction at left next to the team's cu

Rapper T.I., left, gets a tour of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team under construction,

Cranes poke through the retractible roof under construction inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium as rapper T.I., left, tours the new stadium fo

Cranes poke through the retractible roof and frame for a circular video board under construction inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new

Rapper T.I. looks out from a suite during a tour of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team un

Cranes poke through the retractible roof and frame for a circular video board under construction inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new

Rapper T.I., points up to the retractable roof under construction during a tour of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new stadium for the Atlan

Rapper T.I., left, tours Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team under construction in Atlanta

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A 100-foot screen stands inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team in Atlanta, Tuesday, A

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Rapper T.I. walks past a view of downtown while touring Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons NFL football tea

Rapper T.I., center, gets a tour of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team, along with stadiu

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The showers inside the Atlanta Falcons locker room are seen inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the NFL football team's new stadium in Atlant

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Directional signs are installed in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team in Atlanta, Tuesday

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A view of downtown stands behind workers and guests during a tour of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons NFL

Drops fall on a puddle reflecting cranes poking through the retractible roof under construction during a tour inside Mercedes-Benz Stad

ATLANTA (AP) — Several high-profile failures have plagued Atlanta's reputation on a national stage over the years: unpreparedness for ice and snow storms, a recent highway collapse and subsequent shutdown from a fire, and chronic traffic and public transportation woes.

Now, the city's new $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz stadium faces setbacks with its key feature, a retractable roof that opens and closes like a camera lens. The stadium's opening has been pushed back three times, now to early August.

Despite the delays, many in Atlanta have high hopes for the new high-tech stadium that will house pro football and soccer teams.

Recently, stadium officials gave The Associated Press an exclusive tour. Its key features include the roof, large video boards, wider seats, a 100-yard bar area, and food selling for as low as $2.