Nearly a year after the opening of the $1.5 billion stadium, the retractable roof finally is open for business.
Celebrating the overdue completion of Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s retractable roof, stadium officials Wednesday afternoon (2018_07_25) demonstrated the roof in much anticipated operation.
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In the last 48 hours the roof has closed at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and it looks incredible!
More facts and figures about the roof’s mechanization:
- The stadium roof may appear to rotate open but it’s an optical illusion, the roof opens by the movement of eight “petals” that slide open in a straight line.
- Each of the moving petals cantilever approximately 200 feet inwards towards the center of the stadium and provide a roof covering when the petals are in the closed position.
- The moveable petal structures are powered by eight mechanized “bogies” which drive the petals along an inner rail and are attached to the outer uplift rail by six roller mechanisms
- In the closed position the petals lock together to form a water tight seal. Each petal structure is clad with air-inflated ETFE pillows.
- ETFE is a highly durable, lightweight fabric that is translucent, allowing for a light filled stadium, even when moveable petals are in the closed position.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium showcases retractable roof
ATLANTA – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the home of Super Bowl LIII, showcased its one-of-a-kind retractable roof on Wednesday.
Construction crews have been working to complete the final phase of construction on the roof in order for it to be fully operational for the Falcons’ 2018 football season and next year’s Super Bowl. Now that construction is complete, the stadium showed off the roof Wednesday afternoon with a full opening and closing demonstration.
Problems kept the roof closed on the $1.5 billion stadium for most of the 2017 season. The unique roof, designed to open like a camera lens, was open only for the Falcons’ first home regular-season game against Green Bay on Sept. 17. It was closed for all other NFL and college games, including the Peach Bowl, the Southeastern Conference championship game and the national championship game.
“Fully operational means you will see us go to much more of an open configuration as we designed at the beginning,” Falcons president and CEO Rich McKay previously said. “When it’s ready to go, we’ll be open depending on weather.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
About a full calendar year after the Falcons’ new home, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, opened to the public, its retractable roof is finally finished. Construction delays and cost overruns set the project back repeatedly, but it seems good to go.
Watch the most expensive roof in the history of stadium roofs open and close the way it was designed to.
In the last 48 hours the roof has closed at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and it looks incredible! More facts and figures about the roof’s mechanization:
• The stadium roof may appear to rotate open but it’s an optical illusion, the roof opens by the movement of eight “petals” that slide open in a straight line.
• Each of the moving petals cantilever approximately 200 feet inwards towards the center of the stadium
• The moveable petal structures are powered by eight mechanized “bogies”
• In the closed position the petals lock together to form a water tight seal.
• ETFE is a highly durable
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The Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a multi-purpose retractable roof stadium located in Atlanta, Georgia. The home of the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL) and the Atlanta United FC of Major League Soccer (MLS), it replaced the adjacent NFL indoor arena Georgia Dome (now demolished), the Falcons’ home stadium from 1992 through 2016. Mercedes-Benz stadium holds the record of the world’s largest halo board and is one of few football stadiums with retractable roofs. The stadium is owned by the state of Georgia through the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, and operated by AMB Group, the parent organization of the Falcons and Atlanta United. The total cost was estimated at $1.6 billion, as of June 2016. The stadium officially opened on August 26, 2017
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The Atlanta Falcons are a professional American football team based in Atlanta. The Falcons compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s National Football Conference (NFC) South division. The Falcons joined the NFL in 1965 as an expansion team, after the NFL offered then-owner Rankin Smith a franchise to keep him from joining the rival American Football League (AFL).
In their 51 years of existence, the Falcons have compiled a record of 350–450–6 (341–437–6 in the regular season and 9–13 in the playoffs), winning division championships in 1980, 1998, 2004, 2010, 2012, and 2016. The Falcons have appeared in two Super Bowls, the first being during the 1998 season in Super Bowl XXXIII, where they lost to the Denver Broncos 34–19, and the second being a 34–28 overtime defeat by the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI.
The Falcons’ current home field is Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened in time for the 2017 season; the team’s headquarters and practice facilities are located at a 50-acre site in Flowery Branch, Georgia.