State gives Liberty Plaza a Falcons makeover

Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan celebrates after the NFL football NFC championship game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Atlanta. The Falcons won 44-21 to advance to Super Bowl LI. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan celebrates after the NFL football NFC championship game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Atlanta. The Falcons won 44-21 to advance to Super Bowl LI. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

State officials are closing Liberty Plaza Thursday afternoon to honor the Atlanta Falcons.

The Falcons are headed to the Super Bowl, and state officials wanted a chance to show their support.

So the state’s building authority is closing Liberty Plaza across from the Capitol so the World Congress Center can paint a Falcons emblem in the grassy area that makes up the center of the plaza, which is used for protests, rallies and other gatherings.

Building authority officials said they don’t know how long the paint job will take. The World Congress Center runs the Georgia Dome, which has been the home of the Falcons.

The last time the grass got a dye job was about this time last year, when the lawn was looking a little worn.

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In their final game at the Georgia Dome, the Falcons beat the Packers 44-21 on Sunday. Fans around Atlanta celebrated.