Not even the biggest game of the year will change the fast food chain's policy
With the Super Bowl LIII matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots now set, the next week and a half will be all about the wealth of storylines heading into the game. Does boy genius Sean McVay (the youngest head coach in Super Bowl history) have what it takes to outwit hooded maestro Bill Belichick? Will Patriots quarterback Tom Brady bookend his Hall of Fame career with Super Bowl wins against the Rams and ride off into the sunset? Will the Chick-fil-A in Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz Stadium be open on gameday?
Well, we know the answer to that last question already: no. The Georgia-based chicken purveyor that enjoys a reputation as one of the most popular fast food chains in the country will abide by its infamous closed-on-Sunday policy. It’s the same ironclad rule that’s kept that particular concession stand from selling delicious poultry at almost every Atlanta Falcons home game for the past two seasons. Even the return of the world’s biggest sporting event to Chick-fil-A’s hometown isn’t enough to get the deeply religious company to open up on Sunday for what would only be the fifth time since its founding in 1946. Instead, attendees will find “Fries Up”, the french fry and topping spot that usually fills in on Sundays.
At this point, there’s an obvious question: why put a Chick-fil-A in an NFL stadium in the first place? As it turns out, Sunday Falcons games (and the occasional Super Bowl) aren’t the only time the stadium gets used. It’s also the home of Atlanta United, a Major League Soccer team team known for the raucous supporters who just propelled the team to an MLS cup victory back in December. Mercedes Benz Stadium also hosts several high-profile college football games over the course of the season, including (fittingly enough) the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. And of course, eating Chick-fil-A is an option whenever the Falcons play home games that happen to fall on Monday or Thursday nights.
So what’s a Super Bowl ticket holder with a hankering for a chicken sandwich to do? Luckily, ex-Top Chef contest Kevin Gillespie has opened up Gamechanger, his own concession stand inside Mercedes Benz Stadium. There you’ll find his Closed on Sunday chicken sandwich, a breaded and fried delight that adds on pickles, hot sauce, and sweet pickled mayo in an attempt to recreate the forbidden Sunday fowl. That should surely scratch that itch if you want to make Chick-fil-A part of your gameday routine.
At the end of the day, you still get to go to the Super Bowl and probably don’t have much of a right to complain about anything other than Maroon 5’s halftime show. And Chick-fil-A will be open on Super Bowl Monday if you want to celebrate victory or console yourself.