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