The Atlanta Falcons now boast one of the most unique structures in the NFL.
Set to open this year (albeit without the roof able to open and close), it’s state-of-the-art in every way imaginable. Sleek and modern, the Mercedes-Benz stadium will hold 73,000 people for a football stadium, and can accommodate 42,500 during soccer matches.
On Tuesday, the Atlanta Falcons posted a time-lapse video on Twitter that depicts the stadium being built. Take a look at what $1.6 billion will get you in under 30-seconds:
Couple of thoughts. Aside from the obvious “that’s awesome,” I can’t help but be wildly entertained by the way the cranes dance inside of the structure as it goes up. At that speed they look like the inflatable balloons that they have in front of car dealerships. Once the stadium is mostly up, the cranes appear to be in a panic and desperate to get out.
The process of mechanizing the roof takes a considerable amount of time, and with the season around the corner, it is unclear when they will be able to make it retractable. For the season opener, it will be in the closed position.
Once the mechanization is complete, though, it will be unlike any other retractable roof in the world. It will open and close like the iris of a camera lens, a feature that makes Mercedes-Benz stadium truly one of a kind.