ATLANTA, GA (WTOC) - We are just 16 days away from the first official sporting event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
The Atlanta Falcons host the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in a preseason match-up. But before any athletes hit the freshly laid turf, someone had to check the mics.
Atlanta's hip-hop culture has seamlessly blended with Atlanta sports for years, and that continued Wednesday when Ludacris showed up for the first mic check at Mercedes-Benz.
Lil' Jon received a special behind-the-scenes tour Wednesday as well, courtesy of Atlanta United. The first soccer game at Mercedes-Benz will be on Sunday, Sept. 10 when Atlanta United hosts FC Dallas.
Atlanta will continue the tradition of hosting the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game this year as well. The University of Alabama will play the Florida State Seminoles on Sept. 2 at 8 p.m.
Two days later, Georgia Tech will face-off against the University of Tennessee.