owner & chairman
Arthur M. Blank
erhaps best known as a cofounder
of The Home Depot, Arthur
M. Blank is now widely recognized
for his diverse businesses and philanthropy.
Distinguished by Forbes as one of the
World’s 100 Greatest Living Business Minds
2017 and Sports Business Journal’s Sports
Executive of the Year in 2018, Blank’s Family
of Businesses portfolio currently includes
the Atlanta Falcons; reigning Major League
Soccer champion, Atlanta United; PGA TOUR
Superstore; The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation; Mountain Sky Guest Ranch; West Creek
Ranch; and AMB Group, the parent company of his forprofit businesses. Blank and the Falcons, in
partnership with the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia, are the private funders of Mercedes-
Benz Stadium, named the 2019 Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year. The stadium
is operated by the Atlanta Falcons Stadium Company, a company also owned by AMB Group and
is home to the Falcons and Atlanta United.
The 2019 season will mark the 18th for Blank as Owner & Chairman of the Falcons. In his
tenure as steward of the NFL and MLS franchises in Atlanta, Blank has established himself as a
respected leader and model owner whose vision and accomplishments in building two winners
have been profiled across the globe.
The determination of Blank to build a consistent winner for Atlanta and provide the fan base
with a team it can be proud of and call their own is unmatched in sports. Atlanta’s impressive
six-year run from 2008-2012 included two number one seeds in the NFC playoffs (2010, 2012),
a team-record three consecutive playoffs berths (2010-12), four double-digit winning seasons
(2008, 2010-12), two 13-win seasons (2010, 2012), two NFC South Division championships
(2010, 2012) and an NFC Championship (2016). Eight of the club’s 14 playoff appearances have
come since Blank purchased the team. Blank’s expectations are to surpass that run and bring a
championship to the city and the franchise.
Blank has put several pieces into place for his franchises and business to continue to reach the
pinnacle of success. With Blank’s careful guidance and the continued success of the state-ofthe
art, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Blank Family of Businesses are poised to reach and stay
ATLANTA FALCONS YEARBOOK 2019
on top of the business and sports world.
IT TAKES A TEAM
Since Blank acquired the Falcons in 2002, the team has made the playoffs eight times in 17
seasons and has achieved unprecedented success off the field as well. Three years before Blank
purchased the Falcons, the club averaged about 37,000 season ticket holders per year. Since
2002, the Falcons have never sold fewer than 50,000 season tickets in any year. Additionally,
during the same period, the club has sold out 126 of 128 regular season games, including closing
out the Georgia Dome with a streak of eight consecutive sellout seasons.
“I have been blessed here with a great team of people,” Blank said. “I have always believed in
bringing the best people together, creating the right environment, giving them the resources they
need, being a cheerleader for them and making sure the culture is set in place before getting out
of the way and allowing them to do what they need to do.”
Blank is also a key contributor to many of the NFL’s major committees. He currently chairs the
NFL Audit Committee and is a member of the league’s Finance, Legislative, Workplace Diversity,
and Social Justice committees. The increasing relevance of the Falcons has provided numerous
opportunities for the franchise and city of Atlanta to be showcased on nationally-televised
games. The Falcons have two primetime games in 2019 and in one of those games, the Falcons
will host the Thursday night game on Thanksgiving in Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the first time.
The Falcons have gone 8-4 in primetime games since 2015. Additionally, MBS became the first
stadium ever selected to serve as the stage for NBC’s iconic introduction to the top-rated show
on television, Sunday Night Football.
“Our exposure through prime-time games over the years speaks directly to the outstanding
performances of our players and coaches,” Blank said. “Make no mistake, however, that our
larger goal remains to play under the worldwide spotlight of the Super Bowl. There are 31 other
teams out there that want the Lombardi Trophy just as much as we do, so we have to be focused
and diligent to remain a marquee team in this league.”
In May 2014, Blank and the Falcons broke ground on Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened in
2017 and was named the Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year in 2019. In addition to
being the home for the Falcons, the stadium is also home to Atlanta United FC, the Major League
Soccer team that was awarded to Blank in April 2014, began play in 2017 and captured the MLS
Cup in only its second in 2018. The facility also hosts other premier sports and entertainment
events throughout the year.
“Our goal all along has been for Mercedes-Benz Stadium to become a destination site for
sports and entertainment guests from all over the world,” Blank stated. “We not only want
Mercedes-Benz Stadium to become a landmark for the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia,
we want it to be a game changer when it comes to stadium design and the guest experience
inside the building where friends and families can come together and create special memories.”
Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the city of Atlanta hosted Super Bowl LIII in February of 2019. This
was the first time the city of Atlanta hosted a Super Bowl since 2000.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell praised the city of Atlanta for their effort in making sure
everything went well during the week of the Super Bowl.
“The enthusiasm, the hospitality and the desire to make sure that they put Atlanta on the big