A Look Inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Story posted January 25, 2019 in Sports, CommRadio by Trent Fye

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be hosting its very first super bowl on February 3 when the New England Patriots take on the Los Angeles Rams. The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which was formerly known as the Georgia Dome, had been taken down and demolished just after the new stadium was complete. Although this is the first Super Bowl for the new stadium, Atlanta has a strong history of hosting championship games in the past.

Atlanta hosted the SEC championship game every year since 1994 and presently in the new stadium. The SEC championship holds one of the most contested matchups every single year, and since the conference's championship game emergence in 1992, held a National Title contender.

The stadium also hosted the Summer Olympics in 1996, hosted Super Bowl XXVIII, Super Bowl XXXIV and the NCAA Final Four with its last appearance in 2013. In Super Bowl XXVIII, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills 30-13 to claim their second title. In Super Bowl XXXIV the St. Louis Rams defeated the Tennessee Titans 23-16 in a thriller to claim their first title.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the home of the Atlanta Falcons football team. The stadium is also the home of the Atlanta United soccer team. The  Falcons have recently made an appearance in the Super Bowl two years ago, marking their second Super Bowl appearance since 1998. The Atlanta United won the Major League Soccer Championship last year, giving the citizens of Atlanta a much needed championship victory.

This year the Mercedes-Benz stadium hosts the Super Bowl and is already scheduled to host the NCAA Final Four next year. The new stadium was scheduled to host these events before it opened. The stadium even hosted the 2018 College Football Playoff.

The stadium took 39 months to build and it weighs a grand total of 40 million pounds and cost $1.5 Billion to build. The stadium is state of the art and is the most up to date professional stadium today. The roof of the stadium opens up like a flower and the video screen stretches the entire length of the stadium from point to point like a halo ring. The stadium is very technologically based so everyone can access high quality internet speed while they are in it. When a team scores during the game, the stadium has a special lighting effect that lets the city of Atlanta know that someone scored.

The upcoming Super Bowl will be the third Super Bowl hosted in Atlanta when the Patriots take on the Rams. This will be a historic matchup that has the two teams meeting in the Championship game for a second time. This will be the second time the Rams come to Atlanta to play in the Super Bowl.

 

 

Trent Fye is a Junior majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email  flintfootball53@gmail.com.