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Falcons stadium has a Chick-Fil-A, but it won’t be open for most of team’s games

A U.S. flag flies outside a Chick-fil-A Inc. restaurant in Bowling Green, Kent.
A U.S. flag flies outside a Chick-fil-A Inc. restaurant in Bowling Green, Kent. Bloomberg

It seems like a match made in food heaven.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new home for the Atlanta Falcons, has a Chick-Fil-A among its food options on the concourse. It makes sense because the first Chick-Fil-A opened in Atlanta 50 years ago.

One problem: the Falcons play seven of their eight home games on a Sunday. Chick-Fil-A, which CNBC noted is the country’s favorite chicken chain, is not open on Sundays.

On its website, Chick-Fil-A explains why the restaurant closes on Sundays:

Our founder, Truett Cathy, made the decision to close on Sundays in 1946 when he opened his first restaurant in Hapeville, Georgia. 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 Falcons do play a Thursday night game (Dec. 7 against the Saints), and the Washington Post notes that the Atlanta United soccer team will play in the stadium, and there will be college football games and a Garth Brooks concert.

But there will be some unhappy people this season — and when Super Bowl LIII is played there on Feb. 3, 2019.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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