At­lanta set to un­veil its new sta­dium

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - By Tom Mur­phy

HOOVER, Ala. — Rich McKay, the pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the At­lanta Fal­cons, said Mercedes-Benz Sta­dium ad­ja­cent to the Ge­or­gia Dome will open as sched­uled on Aug. 27. McKay showed a seven-minute film on the new sta­dium dur­ing his time at SEC foot­ball me­dia days Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Mercedes-Benz Sta­dium in down­town At­lanta will host two pre­sea­son Chick-fil-A Kick­off games, Alabama vs. Florida State on Sept. 2 and Ge­or­gia Tech vs. Ten­nessee on Sept. 4, the week af­ter it opens. The sta­dium will also host the Fal­cons, the SEC Cham­pi­onship Game and the At­lanta United of Ma­jor League soccer as long-term res­i­dents.

It will be the first fa­cil­ity to host the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off cham­pi­onship game (2018), the Su­per Bowl (2019) and the Fi­nal Four (2020) in suc­ces­sive years.

“The Ge­or­gia Dome was a re­ally good place to play,” McKay said. “We didn’t want to build a bet­ter Ge­or­gia Dome. We wanted to change the game for a long, long time.”

McKay said the 83,000 square feet of LED light­ing at the new sta­dium com­pares to the com­bined 4,300 square feet of the two end zone video boards in the Ge­or­gia Dome.

The sta­dium will also house the first 360 de­gree “halo” video board. McKay said if the halo board was laid end to end and stood straight up, “it’s taller than the tallest build­ing in At­lanta.”

The Ge­or­gia Dome, which opened in 1992, will be im­ploded in Novem­ber, McKay said.

Mercedes-Benz Sta­dium, which has an es­ti­mated cost of $1.6 bil­lion, will have a re­tractable roof and will seat 71,000 for foot­ball, ex­pand­able to 83,000.

Photo cour­tesy of mer­cedes­ben­zs­ta­dium.com

Mercedes-Benz Sta­dium in At­lanta will be the first fa­cil­ity to host the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off cham­pi­onship game (2018), the Su­per Bowl (2019) and the Fi­nal Four (2020) in suc­ces­sive years.

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