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One of the World’s Most Spectacular Venues

Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

“We are committed to providing our fans and event guests with an unparalleled experience in the new facility.”

Arthur Blank
Owner, Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC

The design for the Mercedes-Benz Stadium creates an exceptional game-day experience for fans and an iconic architectural landmark for the city.

Designed as a signature element rather than a utilitarian cover, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s retractable roof provides a radical departure from the kinetic roofs of other sports facilities. Derived from the shape of a falcon’s wing, a reference to the Atlanta Falcons NFL team, the roof features eight triangular panels that wrap the stadium and move in unison along individual tracks. This allows the roof to open and close like a camera aperture. Exterior lighting can easily change the color of the transparent facade.

The stadium interior offers fans an immersive, technology-driven game-day experience. A wide variety of seating options provide fans with varying ticket prices, vantage points, degrees of service and amenities. A 360-degree HD halo video board built into the roof offers fans clear views from every seat. Other amenities include a technology lounge, a 100-yard bar and a floor-to-ceiling window offering views of downtown Atlanta.

Designed for flexibility, the stadium can be quickly reconfigured to accommodate games for Atlanta United FC, the city’s new Major League Soccer franchise. Retractable seats surrounding the field allow fans to get close to the action for both soccer and football. Digital media platforms throughout the stadium offer flexible opportunities for teams and sponsors to display targeted programmable content on game days.

In addition to serving as an anchor for the downtown tourist and entertainment district, the stadium will catalyze changes in neighborhoods surrounding the development. The project team’s focus on sustainable design, construction and operations extends into the community through the creation of urban farming and open recreation spaces.

HOK is collaborating on the design with tvsdesign, Goode Van Slyke Architecture and Stanley Beaman & Sears.


LEED Platinum certification anticipated


2 million sq. ft. / 185,806 sq. m. 
Seats: 71,000 for NFL games /
32,456 for MLS games


Facility Programming
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Master Planning


Number of seats for NFL games


Number of seats for MLS games


11 October 2016
“The 27 Most Innovative Spaces and Places of the Year”
Fast Co. Design

1 October 2016
“Kinetic Buildings”
Architectural Record

12 September 2016
“The Atlanta Falcons’ New Stadium Looks Amazing”
Fast Co. Design

7 September 2016
“Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium to Be NFL’s First LEED Platinum Venue”

24 August 2015
“Mercedes-Benz Named Partner of New Stadium”
Atlanta Falcons

1 August 2015
“Getting the EPD Credit in LEED v4: Atlanta Stadium”

1 February 2015
“Circular LED Video Display Set for New Atlanta Stadium”
Stadia Magazine

21 January 2015
“Dramatic Design for Falcons Stadium Sets a New Standard”
Engineering News-Record