Chick-fil-A puts restaurant in Atlanta Falcons' new stadium

Falcons new stadium will have over 1,200 more beer taps than the Georgia Dome

Falcons new stadium will have over 1,200 more beer taps than the Georgia Dome

National Football League side Atlanta Falcons have caused several eyebrows to arch by making a big deal about the opening of a new Chick-fil-A restaurant at their Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

But, there's one problem: it will only be open for one of the team's eight home games - a Thursday night game against the New Orleans Saints on December 7.

The former Top Chef contestant claims he makes a product every bit as good as Chick-fil-A, and he calls his the "COS Chicken Sandwich", as in "Closed on Sunday".

No estimates are available on how much Chick-fil-A stands to lose by staying closed on those seven NFL Sundays, but you have to admire a company that will stick to its tradition of giving its employees a day off to spend with their families and go to church.

Many fans, however, seem to be confused, and even dismayed, by the business' decision, considering the brand will be missing out on a major chunk of sales from game days. Those are the reasons of founder Truett Cathy stated on the company's official website.

But, he says that the company is sticking to its cultural roots by keeping all units closed on Sunday, regardless of location and opportunity. Right on, and who cares how many chicken sandwiches, French fries and drinks they won't sell to the 71,000 fans who can attend football games there.

It will also be open at non-Sunday matches for the soccer team, Atlanta United. "For a company that did over $5.7 billion in sales past year, whatever lost sales opportunities there are by being closed on Sunday in this stadium is a drop in the bucket".

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