Why Is There a Chick-fil-A in Mercedes-Benz Stadium?
The Closed-on-Sunday Question Answered
“Why do you have a Chick-fil-A that’s closed on Sundays in a professional football stadium?”
That’s the question customers around the country asked when news broke that Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta would have a Chick-fil-A outpost. It’s a reasonable question to ask, after all, because most professional football games are played on Sundays.
What customers and fans might not realize, though, is that they’ll have plenty of other opportunities to enjoy their favorite meal.
“We’re open for about 100 events a year that happen right here at the stadium,” says Jonathan Hollis, franchise Operator of the Chick-fil-A at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. “We have Atlanta United soccer games, concerts, college football games, high school football games, band competitions and more. We even have a monster truck rally!”
As a matter of fact, Hollis and his team serve so many guests during each event that they begin preparing nearly four hours before stadium doors open. For Hollis, having the chance to run a Chick-fil-A restaurant in a venue like Mercedes-Benz Stadium not only gives him an opportunity to serve customers, but to also be a part of their event experience.
“Having a Chick-fil-A in the stadium allows us to serve a myriad of people throughout the year at all sorts of events,” says Hollis. “We’re here when they’re making memories. And we want to create those memories with them – it’s what we do best.”
Watch the video below to hear more from Hollis about serving Chick-fil-A at one of the country’s most premiere venues.