Bob Evans, project superintendent at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, looked skyward through a giant halo of steel Wednesday morning and offered this summation of the $1.5-billion coliseum: “It’s one-of-a-kind. It’s unique. It’s been a good engineering feat.”
That’s understatement number one.
Two and 1⁄2 years after breaking ground, the Atlanta Falcons’ futuristic new roost is beginning to look suitable for hosting NFL (and MLS) contests. Locker rooms and concessions stands are going in. More than 24,000 tons of steel is almost all in place. And nearly 2,000 workers are still reporting here every day, around the clock.
Now for understatement number two:
“We’ve still got quite a bit left to do,” Evans said.
During a media tour, officials assured visitors the stadium will be finished for the Falcons’ first gave next year, even after the completion date had been moved back from March, forcing the Atlanta United soccer team to play at least some home games at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium next year.
In any case, the stadium marked a key milestone Wednesday with the installation of the final major steel truss for the section of the roof that won’t move. Have a look at other progress in the photos below ...