As the Atlanta Falcons open the 2012 season Thursday night in the Georgia Dome against the Baltimore Ravens, fans should plan to arrive early in anticipation of security measures as they enter the building.
As recommended by the NFL for all NFL stadiums this season, enhanced security procedures upon entry will further ensure the safety of all fans, but will require some additional time to enter the stadium. All fans should anticipate enhanced safety measures before being allowed inside the building. These measures are part of the NFL's ongoing initiative to have the best security features in place and are not the result of any specific threat.
The Georgia Dome doors for Thursday night's game against Baltimore will open at 5:30 p.m., to the general public and all parking lots will open at 3:30 p.m. Fans without pre-paid parking passes are strongly encouraged to use MARTA (mass transit, www.itsmarta.com.)
The Georgia Dome and Atlanta Falcons would also like to remind fans there is a potential danger of being sold counterfeit tickets via the secondary market. The only authorized outlets for Atlanta Falcons tickets are the Georgia Dome ticket office, Atlanta Falcons ticket office, and Ticketmaster's NFL Ticket Exchange program. Buyers who purchase tickets from any other source do so at their own risk.
Any person who purchases a stolen or counterfeit ticket, knowing or unknowing, will be denied admission at the gates, and any individual trying to gain entry with a ticket found to be counterfeit could be subject to investigation.