A few rules every Mercedes-Benz Stadium tailgater should know 

1:39 p.m Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 Neighborhoods

Parking lots surrounding Mercedes-Benz Stadium will generally open five hours prior to kickoff. 

Five hours is a lot of time to have fun, but it’s also a lot of time to potentially violate a rule. And no one wants that. 

So, let’s review some general guidelines on how to be on your best behavior for Falcons or Atlanta United game or if you’re heading to the College Football National Championship between Georgia and Alabama.

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According to a stadium spokeswoman: 

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Tailgaters also want to make sure they don’t upset law enforcement. 

Here are some of the city ordinances people may want to take into consideration, according to the Atlanta Police Department. These ordinance summaries aren’t exhaustive and can be read more thoroughly here.  

-Alcohol consumption near package stores: 

It is unlawful to open or drink any part of any type of alcoholic beverage within 100 feet of any retail store where alcoholic beverages are sold in package form, or within the boundary lines of the property on which such retail store is located.

-Drinking in public:

It is unlawful to drink any wine, malt or other alcoholic beverage while on any streets, sidewalks, alleyways, parking areas or other open areas operated and controlled by the city, or while in or on the grounds of any MARTA station.

NOTE: The above rule applies to parking areas operated and controlled by the city, not to privately-owned or state-owned parking lots. None of the lots designated by the stadium as “tailgating approved” appear to be controlled by the city.

-Disorderly while under the influence:

It is unlawful for any person within in the city to be disorderly while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in public places. This includes: 

-Furnishing to, purchasing of, or possession by persons under 21 years of age of alcoholic beverages:

No one under 21 may purchase, drink or knowingly possess any alcoholic beverages. No one may supply it to them. Underage drinking is illegal. 

-Sound level limitations:

No one may cause or permit the operation of any noise source as to create a sound level that exceeds the background sound level by ten dBA or more during daytime hours or five dBA or more during nighttime hours when measured within the real property line of a receiving property.

-Specific prohibited acts:

It is unlawful for any person to cause or permit a number of other acts — unless a temporary variance has been obtained — some of which include: 

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