ITEEA 2018 Conference

Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Engineering and Behind the Scenes


The new Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLS’s Atlanta United FC and will be host to the College Football Championship in 2018. Home to the largest LED video display in all of sports, this neverbeen-done-before, 360-degree halo display is a groundbreaking engineering innovation installed above the field as part of the stadium’s unique retractable roof structure. A large, first-of-its-kind mega column LED display is also being installed in the stadium and stretches 101 feet from the first concourse level to the roof. Altogether, Daktronics has installed more than 82,500 square feet of video displays at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The stadium’s roof is made up of 27,500 tons of steel, and 3,500 of which make up the roof petals. Each petal will move independently of each other, but all simultaneously which creates the optical illusion camera lens-like effect when it opens and closes.

  • The stadium roof may appear to rotate open but it’s an optical illusion, the roof opens by the movement of eight “petals” that slide open in a straight line.
  • Each of the moving petals cantilever approximately 200 feet inwards towards the center of the stadium and provide a roof covering when the petals are in the closed position.
  • The moveable petal structures are powered by eight mechanized “bogies” which drive the petals along an inner rail and are attached to the outer uplift rail by six roller mechanisms
  • In the closed position the petals lock together to form a water tight seal. Each petal structure is clad with air-inflated ETFE pillows. ETFE is a highly durable, lightweight fabric that is translucent, allowing for a light filled stadium, even when moveable petals are in the closed position.

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