There have been plenty of articles surrounding the astonishing Mercedes-Benz stadium. Coming up in the very first regular season contest, the Atlanta Falcons will take on the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football, giving us our first regular season look at the place. Let’s collectively refresh our memories at just how impressive this stadium truly is before we see in either up close or on our TVs Sunday.
The outside of the stadium looks like something from a movie set far in the future. The multiple triangular steel sheets is a structure that has never been seen before, with 23 tons of steel tying this thing together. The roof is not 100% ready for primetime, but it does open and close, and the Falcons are expected to play their first home game in an “outdoor” setting in 26 years Sunday. On other areas of the stadium, it’s basically see-through. Also, on the outside, we have this intimidating Falcon statue, that weighs a whopping 73,000 LBS, and is almost 42 feet tall. You know, the one we sacrifice to.
There’s almost too many things to even mention when discussing this phenomenal arena, but we tried. There are countless restaurants, over 1,800 wi-fi access points, over 2,200 HD TVs throughout the stadium, assuring you’ll never miss a single snap. The halo board surrounding the top of the stadium is the first of it’s kind, it’s a ridiculous 58 feet tall, and over 1,100 feet around. The display is nearly 3 times larger of that of the second largest display in the entire NFL. The stadium seats 71,000 people and thats expandable to around 83,000. As you can see, there’s a retractable roof that opens in a circular motion that really brings in the sun. Also there’s a clear view overlooking the city at one end zone, and it’s truly beautiful.
Quinn and this new staff truly has their fingerprints all over the stadium. Throughout the inside of the stadium there are multiple quotes that we’ve heard countless times from Quinn and company, including the now famous “Brotherhood” mantra that Quinn has established within the team. There are numerous LED banners showing Falcons players. There’s a wall display symbolizing the High School programs throughout Georgia, signifying that this is in fact, bigger than just the Falcons. Given that this stadium will play host to college football, soccer, and high school games, that’s important. This is still the home of the Falcons, though, and this is the first game where they’ll have a chance to call it their own.
Here’s to hoping that the Falcons fly high, and make the rest of the #Brotherhood proud in the very first regular season contest, in this insanely cool new structure.