Atlanta Falcons New Mercedes-Benz Stadium


For two decades the Atlanta Fal­cons have played the Geor­gia Dome, one of the few domed sta­di­ums in the NFL. In 2011 the Fal­cons announced plans that they would begin explor­ing options of build­ing a new sta­di­um as own­er­ship wants a new sta­di­um that pro­vides ameni­ties that at new­ly con­struct­ed NFL sta­di­ums. At a cost of $1.4 bil­lion, the Fal­cons are team­ing with the Geor­gia World Con­gress Cen­ter Author­i­ty (GWCCA) to build a retractable roof sta­di­um. In Decem­ber 2012 the GWCCA board approved terms for the new Atlanta Fal­cons sta­di­um. The GWCCA will own the sta­di­um, the Fal­cons and the NFL will oper­ate the sta­di­um under a 30-year agree­ment and con­tribute $800 mil­lion to $1 bil­lion includ­ing any cost over­runs towards sta­di­um con­struc­tion and the city of Atlanta and Ful­ton Coun­ty will con­tribute $200 mil­lion through a hotel tax. In Sep­tem­ber 2013 the Fal­cons announced that their new sta­di­um will be con­struct­ed south of the Geor­gia Dome. It will not only be the home of the Fal­cons, but the annu­al SEC Cham­pi­onship Game, the Chick-fil-A Bowl and poten­tial Final Four bas­ket­ball games.

Con­struc­tion of the Fal­cons new sta­di­um began in April 2014 and will be com­plet­ed in March 2017. From the out­side, the sta­di­um will be one of the most unique sta­di­ums in sports. It will fea­ture a retractable roof, inspired by the ocu­lus in the dome of the Pan­theon in Rome. When opened it will be in the shape of an oval and span 14.5 acres. The exte­ri­or walls of the facil­i­ty will be con­struct­ed of translu­cent glass that will allow nat­ur­al light into the sta­di­um. Win­dows will open through­out the con­cours­es and a large win­dow in the east end zone will pro­vide a view of the Atlanta sky­line to tru­ly make the bring the out­doors inside of pleas­ant days.

One of the most unique fea­tures will be the stadium’s halo board, the largest video board in the world. It will be near­ly five sto­ries tall and 1,100 feet in cir­cum­fer­ence, with­in the roof open­ing. The sta­di­um will have a seat­ing capac­i­ty of approx­i­mate­ly 70,000 includ­ing 180 lux­u­ry suites, 7,500 club seats and 16 touch­down suites, locat­ed on the field behind each end zone. In August 2015 the Fal­cons and Mer­cedes-Benz agreed to a nam­ing-rights part­ner­ship that will run through 2042, thus the sta­di­um will be named Mer­cedes-Benz Sta­di­um. Not only will be the home to the Fal­cons, but the A

tlanta Unit­ed, a Major League Soc­cer team. It will host the 2018 Col­lege Foot­ball Nation­al Cham­pi­onship Game, the Super Bowl LIII in 2019 and the 2020 NCAA Men’s Final Four.


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