In 2012, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority and the Atlanta Falcons worked toward an agreement for a new retractable roof stadium to be built on the Georgia World Congress Center campus. Opened successfully on time for the 2017 NFL season, Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a world-class sports and entertainment venues. Providing an unparalleled game-day experience, the technologically advanced stadium serves as the home to the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL and the Atlanta United Football Club of Major League Soccer, as well as additional marquee sports events, conventions and entertainment events. The stadium hosted the LIII Superbowl on February 3, 2019.
The lead designer of the Falcons’ retractable-roof stadium was 360 Architecture. The features of this state-of-the-art facility provide a unique game day experience for fans. Some of the luxury amenities include:
- A 360-degree video halo
- Massive concourse windows that can be opened to create the feel of an outdoor facility
- An outdoor fan plaza
- More than 7,500 club level and premium level seats
- Field level and sideline private boxes
- Four stadium clubs with upscale dining and full-service bar selections
Early in the development of the stadium, Darden & Company, the stadium’s Program Executive, selected Draper & Associates to serve as the overall schedule manager for the design and construction of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium project. Within this role, Draper created and maintained both individual time-phased CPM schedules for all design and material phases of the construction, as well as a combined Master Schedule. This schedule process not only facilitates communication amongst all parties, but also monitors bi-weekly to monthly progress against the various schedules. In addition, Draper also implemented an integrated reporting process that informed various levels of management on the status of the stadium’s construction and supports decision-making through a facilitated process of issue identification and resolution.