Officials at the under-construction Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, in the US, have said that the facility is on schedule to be ready in time to host its first event in August.

The $1.5bn (€1.3bn/£1.2bn) venue will be the new home of NFL American football franchise the Atlanta Falcons, as well as Major League Soccer team Atlanta United.

The stadium is due to host a Falcons game in late August, but concerns have been raised over whether it will be finished in time due to a series of delays that have already caused the opening date to be put back. The venue was originally due to be finished in March, but construction work is still ongoing.

Last month, season ticket-holders at Atlanta United were given a partial refund after home matches were temporarily moved to Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium.

However, according to Fox 5, Mike Egan project executive with the AMB Group, said no such action will be necessary for Falcons fans, with the stadium on track to be ready for the August game.

“We are absolutely ready and we are absolutely going to have this stadium ready to open on August 26 for our first exhibition game,” Egan said.

“We are in the home stretch. We’ve got 2,000 workers a day on the site.”

AMB Group is the investment management and support services arm of Arthur Blank’s for-profit businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United.

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