Downtown prepares for College Football Playoff National Championship

Courtesy Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

A capacity crowd of college football fans are expected to converge on Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Downtown on Monday night as Georgia and Alabama face off in the National Championship Playoff.

There are still plenty of seats available for the game via resellers, although the tickets aren’t cheap: $1,500 is the lowest price at Vivid Seats.

With 70,000-plus fans and President Donald Trump in attendance, traffic is expected to be chaos in Downtown.

Fulton County has announced it will close offices, courts and health department will close at 3 p.m. on Monday, as will the Central, Mechanicsville, Auburn Avenue, and Washington Park branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said City of Atlanta offices will close at 2:30 p.m., while state government offices in Downtown will close at 3 p.m. Football fans and visitors to Downtown are being encouraged to take MARTA. Because of preparations for the game and the visit by the President, the Atlanta Streetcar will not be operating on Sunday or Monday.

MARTA will offer additional rail service beginning at 5 a.m. on Monday until 2 a.m. on Tuesday. Rail service will operate on a weekday schedule on Sunday with trains arriving more frequently. On game day, all rail lines will provide service with more frequency and additional trains will be added as needed. Riders are encouraged to purchase a round-trip ticket at the beginning of their trip to avoid long lines on the return.

There will be heavy police presence in Downtown and around the stadium, and roads will be closed as well:

  • Marietta Street, between Ivan Allen Jr Boulevard and Centennial Olympic Park Drive
  • Centennial Olympic Park Drive, between Portman Boulevard and MLK Jr. Drive
  • Eastbound Baker Street, between Luckie Street and Centennial Olympic Park Drive

Because of security concerns, drones will not be allowed within 1 nautical mile of the stadium this weekend and 3 miles during the game.

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