Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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Mercedes-Benz Stadium, also known as simply "The Benz",[is a multi-purpose stadium located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Opened in August 2017 as a replacement for the Georgia Dome, it serves as the home stadium of the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL) and Atlanta United FC of Major League Soccer (MLS). The stadium is owned by the state government of Georgia through the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, and operated by AMB Group, the parent organization of the Falcons and Atlanta United. In June 2016, the total cost of its construction was estimated at US$1.6 billion.
The stadium officially opened on August 26, 2017, with a Falcons preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, despite the retractable roof system being incomplete at the time. Several events formerly held at the Georgia Dome moved to Mercedes-Benz Stadium following its completion, including the SEC football championship game and the Peach Bowl. In 2018, it hosted the College Football Playoff National Championship and the MLS Cup (as Atlanta United held home field advantage), and it hosted Super Bowl LIII in 2019.
- Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened Aug. 26, 2017.
- The Falcon sculpture is the largest free-standing bird sculpture in the world.
- The Telstar soccer sculpture is 34.4 feet tall and has a 35-foot diameter, making it the largest soccer ball sculpture in the United States.
- A total of 200 pieces of artwork from 55 artists are displayed throughout the stadium.
- The "window to the city" is more than 16 stories high and encompasses 22,664 square feet.
- The 360-degree halo board is the largest video board of its kind in the world.
- The roof consists of eight petals that weigh 500 tons each and can open and close in eight minutes.
- The eight-piece operable roof was inspired by the oculus in the ancient Roman Pantheon.
- The stadium was ranked No. 1 in the NFL in safety and security in 2017
- There are a total of 72,000 seats with the ability to expand up to 75,000 seats for major events.
- Seats in the stadium are 21 inches, instead of the 19-inch seats at the Georgia Dome.
- The Home Depot Backyard, built on the site of the former Georgia Dome, is an environmentally conscious green space that hosts community activities and game day experiences.
- There are more than 1,800 wireless access points for Wi-Fi access
- There are 2,500 flat-screen TVs throughout the stadium to keep fans connected with the game at all times.
- There is optimal cell service throughout Mercedes-Benz Stadium, providing continuous connectivity to all guests.
- It can power nine Atlanta Falcons games or 13 Atlanta United matches with renewable energy generated through its 4,000 photovoltaic solar panels.
- It uses 29 percent less energy than a typical building of its size.