Here is the stunning $1.5 billion stadium for the Atlanta Falcons that replaced the demolished Georgia Dome

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The Georgia Dome was only 25 years old, but on Monday, it was demolished by the city of Atlanta.

The Atlanta Falcons moved into the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the 2017 season, a stunning $1.5 billion stadium with a retractable roof. It is like nothing else ever seen in the NFL and looks from the outside like a gigantic metal origami structure.

Here is a tour of some of the stadium’s stunning features. Many of the images are from a rendering produced before the stadium was opened.


The Georgia Dome was taken down on Monday with a controlled implosion. It opened in 1992.


Here is the outside of the stadium and the area surrounding it, which includes a fan plaza, solar panels, and electric-vehicle charging stations in the parking lot.


One side of the stadium is a ground-to-roof window.

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The stadium has a retractable roof unlike any other, opening up like a flower and inspired by the Oculus in the Pantheon of ancient Rome.


Now let’s take a flight into the stadium.


The gigantic window provides the fans with a cool view of Atlanta’s downtown.

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The coolest feature of the stadium may be the 360-degree high-definition “halo” video board.


Here is what the videoboard looked like before a recent Falcons game.

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There are even some unique column video screens, as well as some smaller screens located among the seats.

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The Champions Lounge is a high-end bar area that opens up to the field right behind the Falcons’ bench.


The 100 Yard Bar runs the entire length of the football field and even has yard markers and hash marks.

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There are other lounges that are open-air and overlook the field from above.

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Here is what one of the suites looks like.

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The concourse is open and overlooks the field so fans will never miss a moment.


Of course, the stadium will be used for other events. Here is what it will look like for a concert.

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College basketball’s Final Four.

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And here is what the stadium looks like for Atlanta’s new Major League Soccer franchise.

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Notice that there are panels that can be lowered to hide the upper deck for smaller crowds, giving the stadium a more intimate feel. This will look a lot nicer than the tarps some stadiums use to cover unused seats and will give the stadium a more intimate feel.

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Of course, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be at its best when it is hosting NFL games at night.


Here is the full video of the stadium rendering.


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