When Arthur Blank set out to build Mercedes-Benz Stadium, his vision was to create a world-class stadium that would catalyze
positive transformation in and around downtown Atlanta and ensure the city remained a permanent contender in attracting the
world’s largest sports and entertainment events.
Since opening in August 2017, Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s unique design and stunning video
displays have captivated over 160 million viewers on national television. The building’s three
million visitors have been wowed by the fan experience and the revolutionary food and beverage
model, which has catapulted the Falcons and Atlanta United to the very top of their respective
leagues in fan polls and surveys.
The building has delivered on its promise to be the most sustainable stadium in the world,
receiving the United States Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification and earning the
highest score ever for a sports project. Through the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, over
$37 million has been committed to helping transform the historic Westside communities that
neighbor the stadium. Progress is being realized every day through job training and placement,
new affordable housing opportunities, and more greenspaces and community infrastructure.
ATLANTA FALCONS YEARBOOK 2019