The retractable roof of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, US, has begun full operations after being successfully opened yesterday.
The stadium is home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Atlanta United.
The eight ‘petals’ of the roof opened in just over eight minutes, while it was closed again in seven minutes.
Steve Cannon, CEO, AMB Group, LLC, said:
From the design phase, we knew this roof would be a unique part of the stadium and fan experience, offering a surprise and delight feature that no other building can offer.
The complexity of the design and our heavy events schedule has made it take longer than we had hoped, but great things take time and we’re happy to see the finish line.
Club and stadium officials will determine if the roof will be open for events involving the Atlanta Falcons or Atlanta United based on weather conditions and the safety and comfort of attendees.
For third party events, the decision for the roof position during their event will be made by the third party in cooperation with stadium officials prior to each event.