Job search
Job Search
Latest news
More news: (showing 1 - 20 of 12165)           
UK only International

HOK's Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta hosts first fixture

By Kim Megson    29 Aug 2017
The design of the building – inspired, in part, by the Roman Pantheon – is split into angular, wing-like exterior sections covered by a semi-transparent EFTFE facade
This venue is much more than a stadium. It’s an architectural icon for Atlanta
– Bill Johnson, HOK design principal

Atlanta’s new two million square foot stadium has hosted its first game – a preseason National Football League game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Arizona Cardinals.

Tens of thousands of supporters attended the match to take a first look at the hotly-anticipated US$1.5bn (€1.24bn, £1.16bn) sports and entertainment facility, named the Mercedes-Benz Stadium after its principal sponsor.

Designed by the Sports + Recreation + Entertainment arm of architecture firm HOK, the ground features a 360-degree halo video board, a 61,000sq ft (5,600sq m) fan plaza, and a sophisticated retractable roof that opens and closes like a camera aperture.

The capacity of the stadium can be enhanced from a default 75,00 to 83,000 for the biggest events. This makes it the largest NFL venue, surpassing the MetLife Stadium (82,500), which is shared by the New York Giants and New York Jets. The video screen, six-storeys high, is three times bigger than any other video display in the league, while other large-scale features include a 16-storey “window to the city” attraction that provides floor-to-ceiling views of the downtown skyline and a 43ft (13m) steel Falcon entrance sculpture – the biggest bird representation in the world.

Speaking about the project to the Architectural Digest, HOK senior vice president and design principal Bill Johnson said: “This venue is much more than a stadium. It’s an architectural icon for Atlanta, a transformative space for the community and a game-changer for the fan experience and sports industry.

"To see the stadium open its gates and host its first event is deeply rewarding to all of us involved in its creation.”

HOK collaborated on the stadium design with tvsdesign, Goode Van Slyke Architecture and Stanley Beaman & Sears. BuroHappold were the structural engineers and Atlanta urban designers HGOR were the landscape architects.

The design of the building – inspired, in part, by the Roman Pantheon – is split into angular, wing-like exterior sections covered by a semi-transparent EFTFE facade. The same material is used for the air-inflated pillows that clad the eight interlocking ‘petals’ of the roof. Each of these cantilevers approximately 200ft (60.9m) inwards towards the centre of the stadium. Eight mechanised ‘bogies’ drive the petals along an inner rail, and are attached to the outer uplift rail by six roller mechanisms.

The Falcons first official fixture in its new home will be an NFL home game against the Green Bay Packers on 17 September. The stadium is also be the home for new Major League Soccer side Atlanta United FC, and will host the 2019 Super Bowl. It has also been mooted as a potential venue for the 2026 FIFA World Cup as part of the joint bid by the US, Canada and Mexico to house the tournament.

Country star Garth Brooks will inaugurate the stadium as a concert venue with a performance in October.

Fitness On Demand
The Fitness On Demand™ kiosk is a sleek, enterprise-grade, touchscreen computer that is wall-mounted near your fitness space.
Visit website
More videos

Company profile

Company profile: UK Trade & Investment
UK Trade & Investment is the government department that supports UK companies to trade internationally and helps overseas businesses to set up in the UK.
View full profile >
More company profiles

Featured Supplier

Stay ahead of the game with SPATEX 2018
In this fast moving, trend-led industry, to stay relevant, health clubs need to keep ahead. SPATEX 2018 is here to help you do just that.
View full details >
More featured suppliers

Property & Tenders

Location:
Company: Taunton Deane Borough Council
Location:
Company: Gravesham Borough Council
Location:
Company: GVA
More properties & tenders

Diary dates

20-21 Nov 2017
Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted, Stansted, United Kingdom
22 Nov 2017
Bucks New University, High Wycombe, United Kingdom
27-29 Nov 2017
NH Collection Barcelona Constanza, Barcelona, Spain
More diary dates