Falcons announce 2011 exhibition season schedule

The Falcons will play their key exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011. The Falcons opened last season against Dennis Dixon and the Pittsburgh Steelers.  (Associated Press)

The Falcons will play their key exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011. The Falcons opened last season against Dennis Dixon and the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Associated Press)

On a day when the NFL and NFLPA were ordered back to the negotiating table, the Falcons released their 2011 exhibition season schedule on Tuesday.

If the lockout is lifted in time, the Falcons will play home games against Miami on Friday, Aug. 12 and Baltimore on Thursday, Sept. 1. The team will play road games at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 at Jacksonville and at Pittsburgh, with the date and time to be determined.

The Jacksonville game will be televised nationally by Fox. The Falcons’ new television partner, CBS Atlanta, will televise the other three games.

It will be the Falcons third visit to Jacksonville over the last four seasons. The two teams have met seven times overall in the exhibition season with the Falcons posting a 3-4 record.

Under head coach Mike Smith, the Falcons have posted 2-2 marks during the exhibition seasons in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The Falcons have not suffered a losing exhibition season record since 2004.

The key game in the exhibition season is the third game because starters receive extended playing time. The Falcons, if labor disaster is averted, will play their third game against the defending AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Falcons and Steelers have met four times in the exhibition season with the Steelers leading the series 4-0.

The judge overseeing the lawsuit filed in federal court has ordered the league and union to mediation starting on Thursday.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Kevin

April 12th, 2011
4:08 pm

fairburn1

April 12th, 2011
4:22 pm

As a season ticket holder, I say screw the players and the owners! I’m looking for a cap on what they can charge for tickets! Lets do something for the fan!
P.S. I think the Georgia dome is great!

John

April 12th, 2011
4:27 pm

And I say screw a new outdoor stadium, I will drop my season tickets after 30 years if they build an outdoor stadium just to get a Super Bowl.

fairburn1

April 12th, 2011
4:31 pm

And what’s the deal with owners charging fans Full price on exhibition games! What a Rip! I rather be paying four dollar gas at the pump! Or saving a few for my $7.00 hotdog!

Charles

April 12th, 2011
4:37 pm

John I agree with you about dropping my season tickets after 15 years, what will prices be? I sit in the 130″ishes section. holy cow!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Jama

April 12th, 2011
4:46 pm

Just great, we play the Ravens again in the preseason. I wonder how many starters we will lose to a season ending injury during that game? Happens every time we play them!!

Felix

April 12th, 2011
4:56 pm

Does anyone know the rule that if you take the starting QB out during the game he can not return? Or is their such a rule. Expanding the season to 18 games may create a problem for a QB. Mr. Blank you are a Great owner but you got enough $$$ to pay for your own stadium and take in all the profits.

elroy

April 12th, 2011
5:17 pm

the dome should have a retractable roof installed. other than the pension for retired players i have to agree w/ the owners on other issues. No NFL in 2011 would be horrible.

hiramsaint

April 12th, 2011
5:41 pm

it’s not a dome- it’s a circus tent.

I'm just sayin'...

April 12th, 2011
5:41 pm

I’m a native Atlantan season ticket holder and I’m NOT gonna sit outside to watch the Falcons play. This is the South– it sure as hell ain’t the Bahamas!

Head-Mo-Fo

April 12th, 2011
5:46 pm

An outdoor stadium is a horrible idea. Fans actually enjoy the Georgia Dome now. Sure the Georgia Dome could use some upgrading, maybe even a retractable roof but starting over from scratch and having to sit outside to enjoy the game is not an option. I would have to seriously consider not purchasing my season tickets after 7 years and enjoy the game from the comfort of my home.

nita

April 12th, 2011
6:00 pm

I agree with you all. Outdoor stadium, Noooooooo. Will drop my season passes, I am in the 130′ishes section.

Sid

April 12th, 2011
6:06 pm

Don’t feed the trolls …………………..

Barry

April 12th, 2011
6:07 pm

Hey Y’all:

I thought this was a sports for the “FANS.” If the FANS are saying “WE DO NOT WANT AN OUTDOOR STADIUM” Then who the “heck” is Arthur Blank and his decision makers talking to??? I know those decision makers do not fillup the stadiums. We, “THE FANS” want a “RETRACTABLE ROOF STADIUM” here in Atlanta knowing how “FINICKY” the weather acts down here in this part of the south. We do not want our children, if posible, and ourselves, sitting out in severe rain, cold, and snow at home football games if we can help it. We can help it now, by asking for a “RETRACTABLE ROOF STADIUM.” A retractable roof will minimize those harsh decisions. Come on Arthur!! You say you are “FAN FRIENDLY”. The make FAN FRIENDLY, CUSTOMER SERVICE DECISIONS. WE THE FANS DO NOT WANT AN OPEN FIELD/OUT DOOR STADIUM. READ OUR LIPS. READ OUR LIPS IN
“ONE HEARTBEAT!!!!!!!!!!!! WE DON’T WANT IT. PLEASE LISTEN TO US.

RETRACTABLE ROOF STADIUM. WE NEED IT. WE NEED IT IN “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!”

SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THis is a SECRET from a FALCON FAN. TELL EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

……………………”ONE HEARTBEAT, BABY!!!………………….

FalconGone

April 12th, 2011
6:09 pm

SeenThisB4

April 12th, 2011
6:21 pm

Looks like an 0-4 preseason for the falcan’ts.

mike

April 12th, 2011
6:30 pm

I can guarantee that the only way the new stadium gets built is with charging the season ticket holders a PSL for their seats. After what the panthers did to their season tickets holders in the playoff game against arizona then they can give my season tickets to someone else. The panthers told their season ticket holders that anyone who did get buy a playoff ticket lost their PSL money and lost their season ticket.

mike

April 12th, 2011
6:31 pm

I ment to say did not buy a playoff ticket at the bottom of my comment.

spider

April 12th, 2011
6:55 pm

HOLD EVERYTHING……how can the falcons have a home game on thursday sept 1 when the GEORGIA STATE PANTHERS play CLARK ATANTA that night in the dome?????????

Willie Johnson

April 12th, 2011
7:21 pm

from what i heard the commish wanted to up grade the stadium..not so much as outdoor type..i love the ideal of a retractable roof..that will fly…COME ON MR.BLANKS..

Ray Lewis

April 12th, 2011
8:57 pm

If Atlanta gets a Super Bowl, I wonder which player’s friends will murder someone that weekend.

Jeff

April 12th, 2011
9:04 pm

Who cares if they lose in the preseason. Win the division, get home field and then lose. Much better.

Hobbler

April 12th, 2011
9:15 pm

I just hope Michael Turner really loses weight this year to get a step faster and not the “I re-distributed the weight” line of crap like last year.

JONESBORO SLIM

April 12th, 2011
9:36 pm

Whats the big deal with this outdoor stadium… is it just to get a SB?…Then tell me why have there been several SB’s played in New Orleans’ Superdome….I for one am not happy with the decision to build an outdoor stadium….what really needs to be dome is to find some attractions to draw a SB crowd for nothing to do in the d’town area…..

Hobbler

April 12th, 2011
9:46 pm

..and I hope since Brian Williams was released that we will have somebody besides Chris Owens at the nickelback. Didn’t work too good against Green Bay. Also, Matt needs a personal trainer to strengthen arm, back and shoulders so that he can throw with zip this year down the field. Hope we get a great DE that can sack QBs opposite JA55 and keep JA98 off the field or just maybe on field goal defense team only. Since Finn was released, hope we have somebody to go to on 3rd down other than triple teamed Gonzo this year. That’s all the weak links we have to fix to win super bowls whenever nfl play resumes.

Caught Looken

April 12th, 2011
9:49 pm

I for one am looking forward to getting back outside in a beautiful open air stadum and watching football be played the way it should be here in the south! We have wonderful fall weather and I have always dreaded walking inside that dome. I have no doubt Mr. Blank will do a great job with the stadium and with the fans…count me in!!

bird for life

April 12th, 2011
9:53 pm

I go to one away game every yeare and 2-3 home games. I am not a season ticket holder but will not go to an outdoor stadium. Last year at the Steelers it was hot and steamy. Just imagine in Fulton County. I will go to two away games in great weather cities rather than spend my money to go to games in the miserable Atlanta weather.

Link

April 12th, 2011
10:00 pm

If Arthur Blank and the Falcons were interested in some good public relations after this “lock out” fiasco,it would be nice to consider the Sept 01st game be played in Athens in Sanford Stadium. Students will be back and the Athens local economy has lost a home game with Boise State to the GA DOME that weekend. It is also closer to Flowery Branch!! Great night game with the community…please somone suggest this idea to Mr. Blank

The Real Falcon

April 12th, 2011
10:37 pm

When will they get it that we want Sat. night games not games after work and school?

The Real Falcon

April 12th, 2011
10:39 pm

Any one who thinks the ATLANTA Falsons would play at a college venue is an …
Rhymes with idiot.

headley lamar

April 12th, 2011
11:02 pm

Funny how fans in

Seattle, Dallas, New England, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati. Tennessee, Jacksonville, Charlotte, Buffalo, New York, Miami, Baltimore, Kansas City, San Diego, Oakland, Denver, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Green Bay, Tampa Bay, San Francisco, and Arizona

Have no problems watching football outdoors.

Ueeediot

April 12th, 2011
11:03 pm

I had thought that because of the cold weather here a couple weeks a year, coupled with the fact that because I live in the south I don’t have a closet full of cold weather clothes as do people in GB or NE, etc, that I absolutely do not want an open air stadium. I know that an open air stadium will also mean that I will no longer get to attend games as I have for 36 years, due to PSL and per game prices well beyond what I can justify for 10 dates a year. Have they even completed actually paying for the Dome? The whole conversation really sounds more like a child whining that his Christmas toys are boring already. IF they ever build another stadium with a single tax dollar in this town again they should add two simple provisions. First, that any monies used from public treasury must be repaid by the end of the lease, and second, that the leasee must remain and use the building for 30 years, with the usage in year 30 equal to the usage in year 1. What are we supposed to do in 15 years when the child is tired of this new toy and wants yet another stadium, this time with a retractable roof?

However, after reading the whining of current “fans” and learning that they are season ticket holders, I am completely and totally 100% for anything that causes them to choose to relinquish their tickets immediately, if not sooner. Open air stadium? All for it. Higher prices for hot dogs? Bring it on. Whatever it would take to get the whiners, the “entitled”, and the fakes out of the building.

:( Realizes a new stadium with PSL’s and higher per game tickets means more fakes in the seats…..cant win for losing…

mrzizzle

April 13th, 2011
5:17 am

Season Ticker Holder

April 13th, 2011
7:53 am

I have reached an age and status were I refuse to sit in the heat or the rain or the cold to watch a football game. If the Falcons move to an open air stadium, I will give up my season tickets.

Jimmy Jam

April 13th, 2011
7:57 am

The worse of them all is a Thu. night Pre-Season game. I mean seriously, really? The games already do not count, the least you could do is schedule them on a weekend, fun day and not a work day. I mean if you pay $67 for a ticket, you may as well go, and that is why we will never see the pre-season cut to only two games. It’s a CASH COW for the owners, they don’t have to pay full salaries, but charges full price for the tickets. I have to pay $268 to see scabs play those two games if I want to keep my season tickets. Who is scalping again? Oh, I thought you said ticket resellers, but you said owners.

dean

April 13th, 2011
8:38 am

I was offered weekend badges for the Masters. “Nah, I’ll watch it on the tube.” HD is a wunnerful thing. If I happen to be in ATL and some of my friends want to go to a sporting event I’ll go. Outside of that, it’s a short drive home from my chair.

Football is meant to be played outside. Arena football is meant to be played inside.

D-Bird

April 13th, 2011
9:07 am

2011 exhibition season! Now this is a Joke! Falcons Organiszation you inform us season ticket holders that we will get our money back if there is no NFL season.

D-Bird

April 13th, 2011
9:10 am

Authur, I want my money back if there is no football season.

PMC

April 13th, 2011
9:26 am

For the love of God… can we stop playing Ray Lewis in the freaking preseason????

black1

April 13th, 2011
10:09 am

Falcons will only win n the regular season. No super bowl or nfc champ. An overrated qb, terrible ol, dl, rb, wr, kicker, and coach. They will average 9 and 7 season as long as they keep matty ice!!!

Freshmaker

April 13th, 2011
10:36 am

D-Bird, Blank said a long time ago that season ticket holders would be refunded if the season was not played. This is on the Falcons’ website as well. Partially refunded for any games missed.

Also, I would LOVE for the team to build an outdoor stadium. Sign me up! I hope you whiners that only want air conditioned football stop buying season tickets so I can upgrade my seats.

headley lamar

April 13th, 2011
10:46 am

I have reached an age and status were I refuse to sit in the heat or the rain or the cold to watch a football game. If the Falcons move to an open air stadium, I will give up my season tickets.

Ill take em.

If you think for one second the Falcons are going to hold up progress and stay in a dump like the Georgia Dome because 10 or 15 whiners on here wont sit outside …. well you are in for a rude shock if you do.

headley lamar

April 13th, 2011
10:49 am

Football is meant to be played outside. Arena football is meant to be played inside.

Well said. There are plenty of arena league teams who will gladly sell you whiners season tickets.

Craig

April 13th, 2011
10:54 am

What are you guys serious, you really don’t want an outdoor stadium?! Come on fellas, that’s what football is about! Being out in the elements! Man up! Besides an outdoor stadium would actually favor the Falcons. We just don’t have the speed to match up with a team like the Eagles or Packers on turf and with our running game, it would only help our cause. All of the best stadiums in the NFL are outdoors. Sorry but if fans pack the houses at Green Bay, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and New England where it gets MUCH colder than it does here and you guys throw in the towel then I doubt your dedication to the team, sorry. (or your manhood!)

Craig

April 13th, 2011
10:57 am

black1 – move on bro. MV is gone and we are all better for it. If you aren’t here for the Falcons then move on. Or better yet go do something productive with yourself for once. Good riddance.

Falcon Red

April 13th, 2011
10:58 am

Indoors, outdoors, retractable roof…I don’t care! I just wish I wasn’t crammed in the seat like a sardine! And I’m not even a ‘big man’ – right at 200 lbs. I sit in the upper level, so my seats are relatively cheap. I don’t know if the high$$ seats in the lower section are that tight?? I know it’s kind of “wishful thinking” but it sure would be nice to be more comfortable since I’m spending my time and $$ supporting the team. Like some of the others have pointed out – I can save the $$ and get the comfort by staying at home and watching on HD…of course, unless it’s blacked out!!

Falcons 2011

April 13th, 2011
11:01 am

I am also wondering how the Falcons are planning a home game on Sept 1 when GSU has a game scheduled in the Dome on the same day?!?!?!

Craig

April 13th, 2011
11:03 am

I doubt the Falcons are gonna change their plans for GSU. lol

GOLDNSQUID

April 13th, 2011
11:24 am

I don’t want an outdoor stadium either but would be willing to consider it if they were to maybe win a Superbowl. Their overall record is horrible and until the Falcons start winning championships I think they should have to make due with what they got like the rest of us.

Sid

April 13th, 2011
11:38 am

Rest in Peace Jesse Outlar, God speed.