ETFE also covers sections of the faceted external steel structure, which fold over one another to form an enclosure around seating for 71,000 spectators. The huge panels are shaped to look like wings, as a reference to the home team’s name.
“The transparency of the facade creates a ‘window to the city’ that provides floor-to-ceiling views of Atlanta’s downtown skyline, while connecting fans to the city’s landscape and offering a natural visual impact of the two million-square-foot stadium,” said the architecture firm.
The Mercedes-Benz Stadium also hosts home games for Atlanta United, the city’s major league soccer team, as well as concerts and performances. Retractable seats surrounding the pitch and a digitally programmable stage allow for flexibility during these events.
Several sustainable features are incorporated into the project, enabling the building to seek LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council – a first for a professional sports stadium.