The Atlanta Falcons show you what 1 billion dollars will buy you in today’s stadium market. Meet Atlanta’s new Stankonia Dome Beta, Mark 2, a trippy conceptual design for a new football stadium in the process of being approved Tuesday at the Georgia World Congress Center. The 70,000-seat stadium’s main architecturial hallmark is clearly an eight-piece roof that twists closed. Via 11Alive News:
“This is primarily an open building that closes instead of a closed building that opens,” said Bill Johnson of 360 Architecture, the Kansas City firm chosen to design the billion -dollar retractable roof stadium.
“The interesting thing is even though we have eight parts, they’re much smaller than other roofs out there and they have to go a shorter distance,” Johnson said. By comparison, he said the retractable roof at Reliant Field in Houston has three parts.
The Atlanta Falcons are funding most of the stadium’s construction costs. The Atlanta hotel-motel tax will pay for construction bonds totalling $200 million, plus maintenance costs once the stadium is built and the construction bonds are paid. The city of Atlanta is paying for infrastructure improvements.
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