What is the name of the home stadium of the National Football League's (NFL) Atlanta Falcons?
Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Opened in August 2017, it serves as the home stadium of the Atlanta Falcons National Football League. The stadium is owned by the state government of Georgia through the Georgia World Congress Center Authority.
In June 2016, the total cost of its construction was estimated at US $1.6 billion. The stadium officially opened on August 26, 2017, with a Falcons preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. It hosted Super Bowl LIII in 2019.
The stadium's signature feature is its retractable roof, which features a "pinwheel" consisting of eight translucent, triangular panels. Each of the eight panels operates on two straight, parallel rails; one rail is responsible for moving the panel while the other rail stabilizes the panel. When opened, the panels are designed to create the illusion of a bird's wings extended. The stadium hold's 71,000 and can be expanded to 75,000 people.
The Falcons are a member club of the league's National Football Conference South division. The Falcons joined the NFL in 1965 as an expansion team. Winning division championships in 1980,1998, 2004, 2010, 2012, and 2016. The Falcons have appeared in two Super Bowls, the first during the 1998 season in Super Bowl XXXIII, where they lost to the Denver Broncos 34–19, and the second 18 years later, a 34–28 overtime loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI.