By the Numbers: Tracking Mercedes-Benz Stadium Amenities
The NFL season is approaching quickly, and that means the enormous, state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta is about to finally see some action. The NFL’s Falcons and MLS’s Atlanta United FC will call the stadium home, but the stadium will also host college sports, concerts, Supercross and in 2019, the Super Bowl. Here are some facts you’ll want to know if you’re going to a game (or if you’re simply interested in marvels of human engineering).
Outside on the Stadium Grounds
Fans will approach the stadium via a 61,000-square foot outdoor plaza where they can mingle before or after games. The plaza will feature live entertainment, with food and beverage options. You won’t be able to miss the 41.5-foot tall stainless-steel statue of a falcon, constructed by Gábor Miklós Szőke of Budapest, which is the largest free-standing bird sculpture in the world.
What about the stadium itself? The exterior is made of lightweight plastic skin featuring ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) panels. Bonus points if you can pronounce “tetrafluoroethylene.”
The stadium is 305 feet high—roughly the equivalent of a 30-story building. The total square footage inside the stadium is approximately 2 million square feet. Standard seating is 71,000, but it can expand to 75,000 for large events like Super Bowls or FIFA World Cup games. For March Madness basketball games, the stadium can squeeze in another 8,000 seats around the court, increasing capacity to 83,000. Included in the seating are 7,600 club seats and 190 suites.
A mechanized curtaining system can be used on the mid and upper bowls to reduce the seating capacity of the stadium for smaller events.
The floor-to-the-ceiling “Window to the City” allows natural sunlight in and gives fans panoramic views of the downtown skyline. There are other large windows and glass exterior walls to prevent the cavernous feel of some older indoor stadiums.
The 14.5-acre roof is an ingenious feat of engineering that was inspired by a combination of the oculus in ancient Rome and a falcon’s wings. There are eight triangle pieces that can open or close in ten minutes.
The eye-popping videoboard covers 63,800 square feet, making it the new largest video board in professional sports. The video halo board is a 58-foot tall, 1,100-foot ring that circles around the opening of the stadium roof. If that weren’t enough, there are 2,000 TVs scattered throughout the concourses. All of this is complemented with a world-class sound system.
The stadium’s designers tried to think of everything fans would want, including the urgent need to Snap or Tweet selfies. The stadium is ready for social media, with 1,800 wireless access points, 4,000 miles of fiber, and optimized cell service. The in-house internet can support up to 98,000 simultaneous connections. The stadium has a mobile app that’s designed to be a guest’s stadium remote control (no word as to whether the remote control will allow you to close the roof on your own, but it’s unlikely).
The stadium hopes to become the first combination NFL/MLS stadium to be certified with Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED). This hyper-green building will save 29% in energy usage compared to a typical stadium, thanks to 4,000 solar panels generating electricity. The stadium will also boast 47% less water usage compared to other stadiums through its water capture and reuse system that also helps to cool the building.
Food and Drink
There are 24 bars and restaurants inside the stadium, and each concourse will offer signature concessions. Perhaps the most important stat for many sports fans is the 1,264 beer taps.
The stadium prides itself on having the most affordable food in professional sports. There are food and beverage choices for as little as two dollars, including non-alcoholic beverages with unlimited free refills at freestanding refill stations. Peanuts, waffles, pizza, fries and nachos will set you back $3.
Parents with small children may bring plastic bottles of formula or milk inside of the stadium, with a special accommodation letter.
The stadium offers ADA parking on a single game basis. Likewise, complimentary hearing assistance devices provide real-time captions for all public-address announcements. The stadium provides wheelchair and companion seating with enhanced sightlines, upon request.
First Aid Stations are located in 100 Concourse – Section 133, 200 Concourse – Section 243 and 300 Concourse – Section 345. The stadium is equipped with 38 Automatic Emergency Defibrillators that have been installed at every main elevator lobby. During large public events, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) equipped with Automatic Emergency Defibrillators (AEDs) are on standby.
There are six guest services centers located at Sections 116, 201, 244, 301, and Gate 1 and Gate 2 entrances.
Family and Kids Amenities
All restrooms are equipped with a baby changing table. Family restrooms are located in Sections 101, 117, 121, 133, 203, 219, 246, 310, and 313. A Mother’s Nursing Lounge is available at Section 116 and Section 219.
Off-Site Restaurants Within Walking Distance
If you’re looking for a place to meet-up with friends for food and drink before or after the game, there are plenty of restaurant choices within walking distance (less than a mile) from the stadium. Choices include:
– The Smoke Ring
– Paschal’s Restaurant
– Old Lady Gang
– Dantanna’s Downtown
– The Brunch Cabana
– Prime Meridian
– McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood – Atlanta (CNN Center)
– Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Centennial Park
– Glenn’s Kitchen
With the retractable roof, fan-friendly concession pricing, the world’s biggest video board, and all the other amenities at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the fan experience for sports and music fans may set a new bar for stadiums and arenas around the world.
Check out our handy guide on must-know parking and transportation tips for the new Mercedes Benz Stadium so you don’t miss out on your next event!