Georgia Dome encouraging fans to ride MARTA

NFL fans are colorful to say the least. And Falcons fans are not shy about spreading their wings in the crowd. Just how do they compare to fans across the league? Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

NFL fans are colorful to say the least. And Falcons fans are not shy about spreading their wings in the crowd. Just how do they compare to fans across the league? Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

The Falcons and the Georgia Dome are encouraging fans to ride MARTA to the exhibition game  against the Miami Dolphins at  7:30 p.m. Friday because downtown Atlanta will be packed with numerous activities this weekend.

In addition to the Falcons’ home opener, the downtown area will also host the Women of Faith event at Philips Arena and the Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs contest as part of Alumni Weekend at Turner Field. Both events are expected to draw capacity crowds at their respected venues.

The Georgia Dome doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and all Georgia Dome parking lots will open five hours prior to kickoff at 2:30 p.m. Fans without pre-paid parking passes are strongly encouraged to use MARTA (mass transit, http://www.itsmarta.com/) due to limited parking spaces.

New for 2011,the Atlanta Falcons have developed an interactive parking and traffic map, depicting the fastest routes in and out of area parking lots. The new interactive feature can be viewed here: vsv.atlantafalcons.com.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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33 comments Add your comment

Sutton's Fro

August 11th, 2011
3:25 pm

Take MARTA and take it early! It’s not just a Cubs game at Turner Field — they’re honoring Bobby Cox as part of “Alumni Weekend.” While I’d love to be at the Dome or the Ted, I’m glad I’m out of town and won’t have to deal with the traffic!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 11th, 2011
3:27 pm

I’m leaving early for the Dome, too!!!

Bird Dawg Country

August 11th, 2011
3:34 pm

I’d have to slap that woman in the picture if I had to sit behind her….
just kidding, i’d get another woman to slap her!
D-Led, what’s news about taking Marta to Dome?
Can’t drive and park there…. well few can

Jay

August 11th, 2011
3:55 pm

How it this news?????? They ALWAYS encourage fans to ride Marta!

The Real Falcon

August 11th, 2011
4:08 pm

How about encouraging the Falcons to get the season tickets to their fans?
Website said would be delivered by *9th. Still no tckets today
The team has screwed the pooch.

SECTION 334

August 11th, 2011
4:12 pm

I have to take MARTA since my tickets and parking passes aren’t here the day before the game.

Whats the d-low on the tix D-Led.

wondering

August 11th, 2011
4:19 pm

Anyone with Direct Tv know if any of the Preseason games are going to be televised? Other than the one on ESPN of course.

How 'Bout A Fresca?

August 11th, 2011
4:39 pm

That’s a good heads-up about the Phillips arena thing. I remember getting blocked from the CNN lot (where I usually and easily pay to park) for a night game last Fall because the Thrashers or Hawks were playing that night, and the lot was full, unlike on a Sunday afternoon.
Thanks Darryl Orlando

TheManMike

August 11th, 2011
4:51 pm

If MARTA were safer late @ night I would probably take it. How about we fans encourage MARTA to beef up security?

Falcons game will be aired on local TV on CBS – woot!

BiggdawgK

August 11th, 2011
5:00 pm

Don’t they always do that DOL? Wow another thought provoking scoop by DOL.

SeenThisB4

August 11th, 2011
5:20 pm

What is the woman (I’m assumming it’s a woman) suppose to be? A falcan’t fairy? Trying to conjurie up a little incantation? They are going to need a lot of it.

Tallcarl

August 11th, 2011
5:22 pm

Bird dog, I might slap her little behind and ask her if she wants to continue partying after we win this fOOTBALL game. She and I would have Two day fun. FOR REAL.

hiramsaint

August 11th, 2011
5:23 pm

i think it’s roddy white in drag during mardi gras!

Bird Backer

August 11th, 2011
5:29 pm

Hey Wondering – If you have NFL Network they will show all the games over and over until next weeks games start

ATLol

August 11th, 2011
5:36 pm

the parking situation is awful for the georgia Dome. I cant belive Art Blank is going to make the same mistake again with a new stadium

Najeh Davenpoop

August 11th, 2011
8:19 pm

4/6, 74 yards and a TD in the only series for #7. Ho hum.

FalconsFan

August 11th, 2011
8:21 pm

@ Bird Dawg Country: I would have to slap her too. I appreciate her enthusiasm, but some of us want to watch the game!

E-Roll

August 11th, 2011
9:04 pm

SeenThisB4 and hiramsaint – She looks like some of your “friends” that I saw on the other end of Bourbon when I was walking back to my condo in Marigny, lol.

ATLol – look at the comprehensive plans for the new stadium and the footprint of it on a map, the plan is to have 3 massive parking lots and a parking deck for Suite holders and players. The tailgate experience that you are seeking will be had at the new stadium.

hiramsaint

August 11th, 2011
9:18 pm

figures you’d be on that end , thats where the failcans fans hangout from what i hear.

I Want My Tickets Too

August 11th, 2011
9:40 pm

I agree…where are my tickets? Some teams printed and sent their season tickets during the lockout but apparently some of our tickets were mailed from Siberia on Monday. If they don’t arrive by tomorrow, guess we’ll have to print them.

Dhal

August 11th, 2011
10:17 pm

Tailgating and football go hand in hand. Promoting, endorsing and insisting on riding Marta is stupid. I don’t go to a game unless I can tailgate. After the 1st game ever in the Dome the AJC printed a photo of the fans riding the escalator and labeled it ‘Fans take advantage of Marta’. What a joke, they are almost forced to ride Marta.

Row 3

August 11th, 2011
10:47 pm

My tickets came today.

WE DAT RISE UP!!!

August 12th, 2011
8:48 am

RISE UP WHERE YOU AT SEENTHIS B4!!!! DREE BREES GONNA RUPTURE HIS ACHILLES TOO TONIGHT!!!

Mave2124

August 12th, 2011
11:18 am

Wondering…game will be on NFL network tomorrow afternoon if you are outside the ATL. Local TV within the area tonight. BTW, the pic is of the ‘birdlady’. She has been profiled before. A big fan who dresses up in crazy costumes each week at the dome.

Live in Woodstock?

August 12th, 2011
11:55 am

The best way to get to and back from Woodstock to the dome is to call 678-218-7170. They have a nice bus that will get you there for only $25.00…econorides.com

SeenThisB4

August 12th, 2011
12:26 pm

@Wedatriseup: The only thing that is going to rupture tonight is your overly inflated expectations for your season. How’s Ray Edward’s rehab going? Has he even been measured for his pads yet? Lemme guess: extra small!

GEAUX SAINTS!

E-Roll

August 12th, 2011
12:42 pm

Hiramsaint – As I said I was walking to my condo on Frenchmen St. but you see you didn’t deny that they are your “friends” on the end of the strip. Keep having fun girl, lol.

Bring em back

August 12th, 2011
3:09 pm

Can’t wait to see my Birds again and get a good look at Juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuulio!

Falcons4Eva

August 12th, 2011
5:28 pm

NFL Football
Exhibition: Dolphins at Falcons
7:30-10:30p | Ch 9 WGCL
Exhibition: Miami at Atlanta.

hiramsaint

August 12th, 2011
6:00 pm

e-roll- why are you so familiar with what goes on down on that end? you sound like a he/’she of experience

E-Roll

August 12th, 2011
10:22 pm

hiramsaint – As I said earlier, when walking from Frenchmen St. to the bars on Bourbon I do have to walk through that section so I familiar enough as I pass through but you haven’t denied it in any of your posts so go ahead and FULLY embrace your feminine side. You sound like one of those jocks that come out of the closet years later by all of your boasting on this blog. So go ahead girlfriend, lol.

E-Roll

August 12th, 2011
10:23 pm

hiramsaint – As I said earlier, when walking from Frenchmen St. to the bars on Bourbon I do have to walk through that section so I am familiar enough as I pass through but you haven’t denied it in any of your posts so go ahead and FULLY embrace your feminine side. You sound like one of those jocks that come out of the closet years later by all of your boasting on this blog. So go ahead girlfriend, lol.

GUNGA DIN

August 13th, 2011
11:16 am

take MARTA, the beggars and crackheads need your patronage!!!