Please don’t hate me for mentioning You Know Whom even in passing, but I thought this bit of news might be relevant to share with those of you who, like me, are going to the game tomorrow:
CFP staff – as well as officials from the Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and area law enforcement – are involved in planning logistics for a presidential visit.
Earlier this week, the College Football Playoff issued an advisory for fans to “beat the traffic and head to the downtown Championship Campus early on Monday,” although the release did not mention a presidential visit.
Hancock underscored the suggestion that fans arrive early for the contest, which is scheduled to kick off at 8:17 p.m. ET.
“It will take longer for fans to get in,” he said, “so we’re telling people here come early. We’re going to open the gates earlier than we planned.”
Hancock said attendees need to try to depart for the stadium early and also expect a longer process getting into the building due to heightened security.
“There’s two parts of early: one part is streets being closed from traffic and then the other part is going in the building early because it’s going to take a while to get inside,” he said.
It’s going to be a bear. There are warning signs on I-75 that traffic will be an issue starting at 2PM, so plan accordingly.
I still cringe remembering how I missed the first score of the 1997 Georgia-Florida game because security was so backed up getting in. I’m not letting history repeat itself in that regard; you shouldn’t, either.