Case Study
Mercedes Benz Stadium

Engineering a game-changing stadium in the heart of Atlanta

Project details
Project name:
Mercedes Benz Stadium
Client name:
Arthur M. Blank Group
Location:
US
Tom Bucci
Global Technical Leader for Buildings & Facilities
George Luckenbaugh
Principal Structural Engineer
Eric Lasater
Senior Associate Project Manager
Key stats
Quality assurance testing:
Approx. 85% of concrete super structure
Structural steel required:
> 27,000 tons
Venue size:
Two million square feet

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia is more than just a building. It’s the centrepiece of America’s cultural capital, standing as an architectural wonder that has changed the game of sports entertainment and set a new benchmark for stadium design around the world.

Attracting record-breaking crowds, the $1.5 billion stadium is home to Atlanta’s major league football and soccer teams. The massive multipurpose venue covers two million square feet, but its most unique aspect isn’t its size. Drawing inspiration from the oculus in the ancient Rome Pantheon, the stadium is crowned with a first-of-its-kind ocular retractable roof. At the push of a button, eight triangular “petals” - weighing 500 tons each – move along 16 individual tracks, opening like the aperture of a camera and unveiling Atlanta’s skyline.

Circling the perimeter below the roof is a ground-breaking 360-degree halo video board. Rising nearly six stories high – at 63,800 square feet – the halo display is the world’s largest LED scoreboard, creating an unparalleled, world-class experience for 71,000 devoted fans.

A revolutionary feat of engineering

Bringing this revolutionary feat of engineering to life required more than 27,000 tons of structural steel. Our history of leading the charge in unlocking sustainable infrastructure solutions led Arthur M. Blank Group to choose Wood to deliver steel reinforcement inspections and concrete testing to ensure the stadium was built to last and keep fans safe on game day.

Technical know-how

Understanding the critical nature and complexities of steel construction quality control, we partnered with more than 20 structural steel fabrication shops and inspectors across the US and Canada to perform bolting, welding and coating inspections on large pieces of steel. With the biggest trusses reaching 80 feet in height and around 300 feet in length, each assembled truss was lifted by the largest track-mounted crane in North America to construct the skeleton of the giant 14.5-acre retractable roof. We re-inspected each piece for safety and integrity after placement.

Our team also performed quality assurance testing on about 85% of the concrete super structure both in the field and in the lab, ensuring the sporting venue was constructed to plan, functioned as designed and equipped to deliver economic, cultural and social prosperity in the city of Atlanta.

Over the course of its three-year construction, the iconic stadium reportedly produced nearly 4,500 jobs and was projected to generate more than $400 million in economic impact after opening. As the first professional sports stadium to achieve LEED Platinum in the US, it was voted one of the world’s 25 most impressive megaprojects by Popular Mechanics and made a mark on history by hosting the biggest football game of the year in 2019.

Image of Atlanta city showing Mercedes Benz stadium in construction