New Atlanta stadium will create new standards for the future

The Atlanta Falcons may not have had the best season this year, but despite that, construction continues on their ground breaking new stadium. Their unique design makes a leap into the future of sports arenas.

The project includes a retractable roof that is inspired by the oculus in the ancient Rome Pantheon. It includes eight petal-like retractable structures that open and close much like a camera shutter to expose the inside to the open air.

Design renderings of the new Atlanta stadium.

Design renderings of the new Atlanta stadium.

The unprecedented design creates an open ring that is lined with the largest video screen in the world. The screen, called the 360-Degree HD Video Halo Board, stands 58 feet tall and 1,100 feet in diameter. The board lines the circumference of the roof opening and can be used when the roof is open or closed.

The exterior is inspired by the Falcon’s logo with wing-like structures. The floor-to-ceiling window on the northeast corner of the stadium offers views of the city’s skyline.

The stadium also has the highest levels of environmentally sustainability. The stadium plans to recycle or compost waist to work toward being a zero waste facility. It also plans on being the first stadium to achieve all the LEED water-related credits including capturing and reusing rainwater. The stadium leadership is seeking its LEED certification form the U.S. Green Buildings Council.

The new stadium will look to create a long-term economic growth for Atlanta and the state of Georgia. The 3-year construction project will create 4,500 jobs. The events that were previously held in the Georgia Dome such as the SEC Championship, Chick fil-A Bowl, Chick fil-A Kickoff and NCAA Men’s Final Four will continued to be held in the new stadium and will generate more than $230 million in economic impact to the city. The stadium hopes to attract events like the Super Bowl, FIFA World Cup, and the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Construction started back in May and is expected to be finished in 2017. The NCAA announced that Atlanta will be hosting the Men’s Final Four in 2020 to mark the city’s fifth time hosting the event.

This new stadium will mark a new benchmark for sports facilities around the world. The architectural design alone creates a unique and new style that will be duplicated around the world.

On Tuesday, a new fly-through video of the new stadium was released to give fans a point-of-view tour through the stadium. The video features the retractable roof, club seating, concourses, plaza spaces and suits.

Kevin Bridge

Owner at The Backfield Press
I am an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee majoring in journalism and electronic media. I am the founder of The Backfield Press.