There's a Chick-fil-A in Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium — but the chain is refusing to open it on Super Bowl Sunday

Hollis Johnson/Business InsiderChick-fil-A will not be open during the Super Bowl.
  • The Chick-fil-A location in Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be closed on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3.
  • Chick-fil-A locations all close every Sunday because of the chain’s founder’s religious beliefs.
  • The chicken chain has explained its decision to open a location in a football stadium by pointing to other events there not on Sundays.

This year’s Super Bowl will be a Chick-fil-A-free affair.

Some football fans might have hoped to enjoy a chicken sandwich from the chain as they watch the New England Patriots battle the Los Angeles Rams on February 3. After all, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta does have a Chick-fil-A location.

But the Chick-fil-A will remain closed on Super Bowl Sunday just as it does every Sunday, the company confirmed to Business Insider.

It’s been a tradition since Chick-fil-A’s foundational years. The company attributes the rule to its founder, Truett Cathy, on its website: “Having worked seven days a week in restaurants open 24 hours, Truett saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose – a practice we uphold today.”

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Why would Chick-fil-A even open a location in a football stadium if it is going to stay closed on Sundays – including the biggest of the year for football?

Chick-fil-A has addressed the question on its website. The chain acknowledged that while most pro football games are on Sundays, many other events take place in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

“We’re open for about 100 events a year that happen right here at the stadium,” Jonathan Hollis, the franchise operator of the location, was quoted as saying on Chick-fil-A’s website. “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!”

The policy of closing on Sundays would create some issues for Hollis. Because a different food stand takes over the location on Sundays, Chick-fil-A employees have to set up from scratch for every event not on a Sunday, bringing in the necessary inventory and swapping menus.

Sports Illustrated reported that on Super Bowl Sunday the location will be a “Fries Up” stand, which serves french fries and toppings.

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