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Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium has a Chic-Fil-A… but they won’t open on Sundays


Similar to the Atlanta Falcons in the second half of Super Bowl LI, the newest Chic-Fil-A restaurant located in Mercedes-Benz Stadium will not operate on Sundays.

According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Chic-Fil-A was happy to open a store in the new home of the Falcons, but will not make any exceptions to their six-days-a-week schedule implemented at all stores across the nation.

The company’s Christian beliefs are well known, with their policy posted all over the official Chic-Fil-A website.

‘‘Having worked seven days a week in restaurants open 24 hours, Truett saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose – a practice we uphold today,” the site reads.

Seven of Atlanta’s eight regular season home games will be played on Sunday this season, with the exception being a Thursday night matchup against the Saints in December.

So why open a restaurant that doesn’t open on Sundays in a building that operates (for the most part) exclusively on Sundays?

Chic-Fil-A’s headquarters are located in Atlanta, and the owner reportedly wanted to make his mark on the new stadium.

There will also be various events such as concerts, college football games, and soccer games every once and a while, but nothing on a remotely consistent basis.

But what if you’re craving a chicken sandwich during a Sunday game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium? Former ‘‘Top Chef’’ contestant Kevin Gillespie has you covered.

Gillespie will be selling a sandwich called the COS (closed on Sunday) at a food stand in the concourse.

Regardless, the popular chicken sandwich restaurant chain has closed its doors on Sundays since 1946, and they sure aren’t changing the rules for a fancy-schmancy NFL stadium.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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20 responses to “Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium has a Chic-Fil-A… but they won’t open on Sundays”

  1. catsarerunnin

    Well after a few $15 beers the burgers will taste like chicken anyway….

    1. Kyle

      A 12-ounce beer in the stadium is $5.

      You should go read about the fan-friendly prices at the stadium. It sounds tremendous.

  2. MassConfusion

    More pagan worship from so called Christians

    1. ThankfulCat

      ^^^^ Another idiot who needs help crossing the street

    2. UK Big Board Update

      ^^^^ Jesus would be so proud of you.

  3. Reuben Cuban

    Everyone knows Chick-fil-A is closed on Sunday. Even at the Mall, and Sun Trust Park. Given they’ll have other events to sell, it sounds logical to have sequestered space at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

    KROGER sells a Chicken Sandwich, albeit pre-made, paper-foil-wrapped, and stored in a warm cart; of course, it’s not as good as Chick-fil-A but it does the job on a Sunday.

    Sounds like Kevin Gillespie seized an opportunity that Bruce Lucia perhaps should have investigated.

    I am sure it will be a hit.

  4. runningunnin.454

    Jackanapes!

    1. runningunnin.454

      =massconfusion.

  5. John Henry

    The original and best chicken sandwich on the face of the earth. They also have the most polite workers and best run fast food franchise. Keep the faith Chick-fil-A and thank you for allowing your employees to take off Sunday. Who knows some of them might even go to a Falcons game. Bless their heart

  6. ThankfulCat

    Moron blog post

    CFA knows this is a great business opportunity even with the Sunday sales lost. It’s just like every other place they have one, they don’t open on Sunday and they continue to kill it

    CFA doesn’t care what we think. They are doing it to honor God

    1. TonyMontana

      He’s sitting up in the clouds looking down on trillions of planets for billions of years and here on earth he notices CFA doesnt sell sandwiches on Sunday and boom… instant entrance to heaven for the CEO. Taco Bell CEO? Doomed.

    2. UK Big Board Update

      “Moron blog post”…. how Christian of you.

    3. binarysolo

      How is it a “great business opportunity” when they’re not going to make any money? Hilarious. Do you understand how business works?

      And yeah, UKBB, it’s these “Christians” who are the least Christian by definition. I saw a group of Christians on the subway the other day, singing and praising their lord, handing out pamphlets. Then a homeless man got on board asking for change, and not a single one of them helped him out.

  7. ThankfulCat

    Call it like I see it pal

    Truth hurts

    1. UK Big Board Update

      Me too. Hypocrite.

    2. binarysolo

      The only thing hurting here is CFA’s bottom line.

  8. bigDhoney1283

    In related news, we give a shit because? It’s well known they don’t open on Sundays, so obviously this is a great business decision on CFA’s part.. why wouldn’t you invest millions in order to stay closed that day? Genius plan 👍🙌

  9. GeorgiaBlue

    Atlanta United MLS team will play 17 home games per season in the new stadium, none of which are played on Sunday. Not to mention bowl games, SEC championship, Chic-Fil-A Classic, college basketball games, concerts and other events. Since the Falcons will only be playing 7 Sunday regular season home games this year, to say that it operates exclusively on Sundays for the most part is incorrect.

    I think Chic-Fil-A will survive. Besides they are not investing in a food stand. It comes as a perk for sponsoring the Classic and Peach Bowl.

  10. BigBlueBass

    Was Chick-fil-A spelled wrong on purpose multiple times on purpose to prove what point?

  11. Kyle

    Zaxby’s is actually the stadium’s official chicken fast food partner (and will have the majority of the stations). But as the story says, they have a bunch of Atlanta-based restaurants in the new venue.

    The pricing is great. I’m looking forward to going to an event there sometime (maybe Kentucky in the SEC Championship?).