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Atlanta’s Game Changer

Mercedes-Benz Stadium | Atlanta
LEED Platinum
2 million sq. ft. / 185,805 sq. m.
71,000 seats for football / 32,456 seats for soccer
World Stadium Congress Stadium of the Year
Stadium Business Awards – Venue of the Year
NCSEA Excellence in Structural Engineering Award
ARCHMARATHON Awards – Sport Catagory
AIA Georgia – Honor Award
AIA Central States Merit Award – Large Commercial
Project Facts

Arthur Blank, the owner of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLS’s Atlanta United, wanted Mercedes-Benz Stadium to provide an architectural icon for the city and a fan experience that is second to none.

HOK’s design reimagines what a stadium can be, creating a building that looks and functions like no other and that transforms the experience of going to a live event.

Look Up

The team approached the design from the top down, starting with a roof that appears to open and close like a camera aperture. Inspired by the oculus within Rome’s ancient Pantheon, the stadium’s signature roof was made possible only by modern architectural and engineering innovations. The roof is composed of eight 220-foot-long “petals.” Activated by the push of a button, the petals appear to rotate when opening but actually move in unison along 16 linear tracks. The roof fully opens in eight minutes and closes in seven.

"Each major design decision was based upon its impact on the fan experience." — Rich McKay , President and CEO, Atlanta Falcons

Window Into the City

The facade, which follows the roof’s angular form, consists of alternating insulated metal and ETFE panels inspired by the shape of a falcon’s wing. On the stadium’s west side, the transparency creates a 16-story window that floods the space with daylight and offers panoramic views of Atlanta’s skyline.


With a size and geometry designed to complement the stadium’s roof opening, the halo form preserves the beauty of the iconic roof.

Fan Amenities

Today’s fans expect a dynamic game-day experience. Dozens of seating options provide fans with novel vantage points and service levels for enjoying the live experience. Amenities include a technology lounge and the 100 Yard Club, a row of concessions stretching the length of the field and bookended by bars. More than 4,000 miles of integrated fiber-optic cable support the interactive game-day experience, which includes 2,000 TVs and robust Wi-Fi and cellphone service.



Stadium operators can easily reconfigure the facility to accommodate games for the Falcons, Atlanta United and events including the Super Bowl, NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, the College Football Playoffs National Championship Game and major concerts.

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