The Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) Board of Governors voted unanimously this week to approve a contract for the lead architect on the new stadium project, signaling the official start of the design process.
360 Architecture of Kansas City has been chosen to head the project and by the looks of the presentation they presented Falcons brass, expect this to be a stadium like no other.
We know for certain the new stadium will have a retractable roof, but what else will the new home to the Atlanta Falcons feature when it comes to new technological innovations?
“We collectively selected 360 Architecture, an exceptionally qualified firm. Their design approach as evidenced throughout the evaluation process, reflected their design goal to ‘Challenge Everything, Embrace Change and to Reject current thinking’ for stadium design,” said GWCCA Executive Director Frank Poe.
A lot of thought went into this process.
“Selecting a lead architect is a very significant decision in the new stadium process,” said Falcons President and CEO Rich McKay.
360 Architecture has ambitious plans for this stadium.
How about a bar that stretches 100 yards or more? Concept drawings show a bar that goes the entire length of the field that fans can sit at, order a drink and watch the game. I wonder how many bartenders it will take to staff a bar that long?
Let’s also talk about vibrating seats. These seats move after a big hit on the field, giving fans that feeling of the rush one would get from that jarring hit.
Also on the table are two unique concepts. A “Fantasy Football Lounge” could be in th works. This evidently would be a place where fans could track how the players on their fantasy football team are doing. Also, a “Man Cave” area could simulate the experience of watching a game on a comfortable sofa in your own home.
Expect to see something unique with the scoreboards and luxury suites that can configured differently for specific events.
Lastly, expect seats in the stadium to be equipped with outlets or charging cords for our smartphones and tablets. Wi-Fi will more than likely be plentiful in the stadium and I’m sure a lot of effort will go into making sure the sight-lines to the field are some of the best in the league.
When you spend a lot of money to go to an NFL game or a modern day sporting event, you want all the bells and whistles. This stadium will provide that.
The Atlanta stadium project is being billed not only as a home for the Falcons, but also to draw other sports, convention and entertainment events. The stadium is expected to seat up to 80,000 people for major events such as the Super Bowl.
Early indications say the stadium will be ready for the Falcons 2017 season. When the new digs open, the nearby Georgia Dome, where the Final Four NCAA basketball was recently held, will be demolished. The new stadium is being partially funded with $200 million in public financing. This funding was approved by Invest Atlanta, a city development agency.