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a) Bummer. Understandable but still a bummer.

I am surprised they're not still playing the games, even without crowds. Since the biggest concern is the casual, unintentional contact and cross-contamination that comes with tight crowds I'd like to think (hope?) crowdless events would be relatively safe. This way there would still be some semblance of life going on for all of us, and at least the TV content would remain intact.

(Biggest winner in all this: Netflix! Time to binge on all that stuff you've said you'd watch "someday!")

b) Damn shame CONCACAF didn't shut down their Champions League before the start of this round. United could've used the time to get healthy. Plus in a rescheduled tie they could've used MBS for the home leg. Alas.
 

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I have to imagine the NCAA will make it up to Atlanta. Either by pushing all the Final Four hosts back one year and awarding the 2021 Final Four to Altanta, or just give them the 2027 Final Four. All Final Fours are awarded up to 2026.
 

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I have to imagine the NCAA will make it up to Atlanta. Either by pushing all the Final Four hosts back one year and awarding the 2021 Final Four to Altanta, or just give them the 2027 Final Four. All Final Fours are awarded up to 2026.
They won't move any of the cities that are already chosen. It's a tough break for Atlanta but that city has multiple professional sports franchises, has the SEC Championship Game, the Peach Bowl, gets the CFP Championship Game from time-to-time, the Super Bowl from time-to-time, etc. Atlanta isn't void of big-time sporting events.
 

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Having planned for Final Four hoopla, Mercedes-Benz Stadium goes quiet

"Because the Final Four is committed to other cities from 2021-26, the earliest Mercedes-Benz Stadium can get another opportunity to host the event is 2027. Atlanta Sports Council President Dan Corso said the city plans to submit a bid when the NCAA begins the process next year of choosing sites for 2027-31.

Before the cancellation decision, work had been scheduled to begin in earnest Sunday on converting Mercedes-Benz Stadium to a basketball venue for the first time.

Some modifications of the stadium for the Final Four had begun before the cancellation, including preliminary steps to black out exterior light for basketball and engineering work in the rafters to prepare for the center-hung scoreboard required by the NCAA."
Full Article - https://www.ajc.com/sports/college/having-planned-for-final-four-hoopla-mercedes-benz-stadium-goes-quiet/ELZchRjbhfq8dp9tfgcjfL/

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Took this photo this afternoon showing the work being done on the 'blacked out' top sections of the ETFE...


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Should have been headed to the Benz tonight for the National Championship game. Hopefully we'll get another chance at hosting in 2027.
 

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To be sure Atlanta will host again in the near future. It's pretty much a lock in the rotation for major events due to the venue's quality and convenient location. Especially once they get Centennial Yards up and running. The potential to create a massive entertainment district between Peachtree St. and MBS is simply to great to pass up, and is something the city desperately needs.
 
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