In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons will be playing their very first season inside the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It will be the first time since 1991 that the Falcons will not be playing all of their home games inside the Georgia Dome.
According to Business Insider, Atlanta’s new palace cost an estimated $1.5 billion to construct. With a seating capacity of over 70,000 people, the Falcons should no longer need to pump in artificial crowd noise as tickets will likely be hard to come by once the facility opens for business next season.
Atlanta’s new architectural masterpiece will feature a retractable roof designed to make games seem as though they are being played outdoors. Although they could have just built an outdoor stadium if they really wanted games to feel that way since the state of Georgia is not really a place known for having erratic weather.
Inside the building’s roof is where a unique circular-shaped video board will be located. According to Sports Business Daily, the video board will measure out to 58 feet tall and 1,100 feet wide. Check out this video of the roof opening; very futuristic:
The design and placement of the screen is meant so that action on the field can be seen from any seat inside the stadium. If for some reason fans are not in their seats, the game can likely be seen from one of the 2,000 video displays located inside the building.
For those concerned about the environmental impact that the stadium will be making on the city of Atlanta, have no fear because it was built with sustainability in mind.
The facility features enough solar panels to provide electricity for the entire stadium, a system that collects rain water to use in cooling the overall temperature inside the building and watering the landscaping outside of the facility, and up to 48 parking spots that will be capable of charging electric cars.
Since the Falcons will be saving so much money on reducing their electric bill, they can afford to offer their fans concessions at a reduced price. Hot dogs, soft pretzels, popcorn, french fries, nachos, a slice of pizza, bottled water, and a cup of soda will all be available for purchase inside the stadium for $3 or less.
“If we saw a design and thought it looked similar to another stadium, we threw it out. With this facility, we wanted to make something new.”
Perhaps other stadiums around the country will follow their lead and offer refreshments at a lower price? Probably not.
One of the greatest aspects of Atlanta’s new stadium is that it seems to be centered around creating the ultimate fan experience. With thousands of TV screens, fast Wi-Fi access, and more affordable concessions, the Falcons may have actually created a more enticing atmosphere to convince their fans to leave the comfort of their own couch every Sunday.