Home to the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United FC in Major League Soccer and numerous college football special events, Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened in 2017. After a three-year construction costing a projected $1.6 billion seats up to 75,000 fans for football and 42,500 for soccer.
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Stadium Guide by Football Tripper USA
|Address:||125 Ted Turner Dr NW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30303|
|Stadium Owner:||Georgia World Congress Center Authority|
|Operator:||AMB Sports and Entertainment Group|
|Former Names:||New Atlanta Stadium|
|Architect:||HOK, tvsdesign, Goode Van Slyke, Stanley Beaman & Sears|
|Construction Cost:||US$1.6 billion|
|Structural Engineer:||BuroHappold Engineering / Hoberman|
|Playing Surface:||FieldTurf CORE|
The most-known design aspect of the stadium is the retractable roof. Instead of breaking into one or two rectangular pieces, it has eight triangular panels that spin outwards. Despite sounding complex, each part of the pinwheel design uses just two rails to move. One drags the pieces across while another stabilizes the movement of the triangle piece. While the roof is open, the pieces are to represent the extended wings of a falcon.
Kansas City-based Populous (then HOK) said the roof design was partially inspired by the Pantheon, which was also the working name for the building design. With no concerns of snowload, the pinwheel triangles use an opaque polymer meant to allow in more light when the roof is closed.
Also considered as part of the roof, many video boards go around the central part of the ceiling. Even though it is not as tall as other video boards in NFL stadiums, its length makes it the largest video board in a sports arena in the United States. In total, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has 82,350 square feet (7,693 m2) of video boards.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium also worked to bring culture into other parts of the stadium. Over 180 commissioned works are spread throughout the stadium and its grounds, including a stainless steel falcon on a bronze football. Created by Gábor Miklós Szőke, the total statue is over 73,000 pounds and four stories tall, making it the largest freestanding bird sculpture in the world.
When hosting soccer, the stadium uses retractable lower bowl seats to widen the fields. However, this retraction capability makes it difficult to install stairs to reach field access for the numerous college bands that play at the stadium. During college games, each university’s marching band will play at halftime. This practice was dropped by many professional teams in favor of smaller, professional bands playing on the video board, but is a major part of the culture of southern universities. Atlanta is also the host city for many marching band competitions at the professional, university and high school level.
Thanks to the television show “Building Giants”, Mercedes-Benz Stadium is one of the most transparent construction processes for an NFL stadium. The stadium was the featured building on the premiere episode of the Science Channel show, showcasing construction techniques used by BuroHappold Engineering and the Hunt Construction Group. The episode also featured the Manitowoc Model 31000, which is the largest crawler crane built in North America. It was used to help install the pinwheel sections of the roof.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium is capable of holding other events. It was scheduled to host the 2020 Final Four, but the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also hosts motocross racing and religious conferences.
Atlanta Falcons Info
|Rivals:||San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints|
|Team Colours:||Black, Red, Silver, White|
|Nicknames:||The Dirty Birds, Grits Blitz|
|Team Owner:||Arthur Blank|
|Top Passing Leader:||Matt Ryan|
|Top Rushing Leader:||Gerald Riggs|
|Top Points Scorer:||Matt Bryant|
|AV Leader:||Matt Ryan|
|Winningest Coach:||Mike Smith|
|Famous Players:||Michael Vick, Deion Sanders, Claude Humphrey, Jamal Anderson, Tommy Nobis|
|Famous Coaches:||Arthur Smith, Dan Quinn, Raheem Morris|
Visiting the Stadium - Travel
The Mercedes-Benz Stadium has a lot of parking which can be prebought using the Waze mobile app. Official details of all of the lots can be found on the official website.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who plays at Mercedes-Benz Stadium?
Atlanta Falcons play their home matches at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
What is the capacity of Mercedes-Benz Stadium?
As of 2021 Mercedes-Benz Stadium has an official seating capacity of 71,000 for Football matches.
When was Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened?
Mercedes-Benz Stadium officially opened in 2017 and is home to Atlanta Falcons
What is the ZIP code for Mercedes-Benz Stadium?
The ZIP code for Mercedes-Benz Stadium is 30303.
Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?
Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2021. Please visit the official website of Atlanta Falcons for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.