Mercedes-Benz Stadium vs. Georgia Dome

Twenty-five years after the Georgia Dome first opened, the city of Atlanta made way for the massive Mercedes-Benz in 2017. The birth of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium has been the highlight attraction for the city of Atlanta.   The Stadium host many events throughout the year such as football games, soccer games, concerts and much more.  If you’re like me, you’re interested in the difference between the Georgia Dome and Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  What differences can football fans and visitors expect?

Here are a few fun facts.

  1. The $1.5 billion stadium has some incredibly fancy technology involved.  

The retractable roof is 14 acres and takes 12 minutes to open or close.  The stadium has the largest video board in U.S. sports totaling 63,800-square foot, halo-shaped screen that measures 58 feet tall and 1,100 feet around.  It is taller than 33 average-size whale sharks side by side (1,082.4).

The Georgia Dome’s two video boards measured 100 feet longx24 feet tall.

  1. Concession Stands

The core concessions “fan-first menu,” includes fan favorites such as nachos, chicken tenders and waffle fries, will all range from $2-$6.  Specialty items will range from $5-$12.

The Georgia Dome had 407 concession stands, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has 673 and 6 times the number of bars.

  1. Stadium Seating

Mercedes-Benz Stadium seating totals 75,000 Falcons, 83,000 events, 190 suites, 7,600 club seats and the size of each seat is 21 inches.  The Georgia Dome seating totaled 71,250 football; 80,000 events, 171 suites and 5,750 club seats.  Each seat at the Dome was 19 inches.

  1. Construction
  Mercedes-Benz Stadium Georgia Dome
Construction Time Frame 39 months 28 months
Cost $1.5 billion $214 million
Size 2 million sq. ft. 1.6 million sq. ft.
Height 305 ft. or 30 stories tall 270 ft. Or 27 stories tall
Structural Steel 27K tons 8.3K tons
Concrete 150K cubic yards of concrete 110K cubic yards of concrete
Parking 21,000 spots 19,211 spots

  1. Major Events

The Georgia Dome hosted 37.6 million fans from over 1,400 events including 199 regular-season Falcons games, 152 college football games, Super Bowl XXVlll in 1994, Super Bowl XXXlV in 2000, 3 NCAA Men’s Final Four tournaments (2202, 2007, 2013), 1996 Olympics (basketball, gymnastics).

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium has already been granted the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship, Super Bowl Llll in 2019 and 2020 Final Four.

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