Here is the stunning $1.5 billion stadium being built for the Atlanta Falcons
Cork GainesJan 14, 2017, 23:08 IST
The Atlanta Falcons will host the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round of the playoffs in what could be the last NFL game ever in the 25-year-old Georgia Dome.
The Falcons are expected to move into Mercedes-Benz Stadium next season, a stunning $1.5 billion stadium with a retractable roof. It is like nothing else ever seen in the NFL and looks from the outside like a gigantic metal origami structure.
While construction is not expected to be completed until June, the Falcons released a video showing what the stadium will look like. Here are some of the features.
Here is the outside of the stadium and the area surrounding it, which includes a fan plaza, solar panels, and electric-vehicle charging stations in the parking lot.
One side of the stadium is a ground-to-roof window.
The stadium will have a retractable roof unlike any other, opening up like a flower and inspired by the Oculus in the Pantheon of ancient Rome.
Now let's take a flight into the stadium.
The gigantic window will provide the fans with a cool view of Atlanta's downtown.
The coolest feature of the stadium may be the 360-degree high-definition "halo" video board.
There are even some unique column video screens, as well as some smaller screens located among the seats.
The Champions Lounge is a high-end bar area that opens up to the field right behind the Falcons' bench.
The 100 Yard Bar runs the entire length of the football field and even has yard markers and hash marks.
There are other lounges that are open-air and overlook the field from above.
Here is what one of the suites will look like.
The concourse is open and overlooks the field so fans will never miss a moment.
Of course, the stadium will be used for other events. Here is what it will look like for a concert.
College basketball's Final Four.
And here is what the stadium will look like for Atlanta's new Major League Soccer franchise, which will debut in 2017.
Notice that there are panels that can be lowered to hide the upper deck for smaller crowds, giving the stadium a more intimate feel. This will look a lot nicer than the tarps some stadiums use to cover unused seats and will give the stadium a more intimate feel.
Of course, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be at its best when it is hosting NFL games at night.
Here is the full video of the stadium rendering.
Here is what the stadium looks like as of January 6. It still has a ways to go, but it is getting there.