The new Mercedes Benz Stadium is open for business, and it’s time to show it off. What better way to learn about the stadium and everything it offers than to take one of their new tours!
We were lucky enough to take a preview tour – and wow! I highly recommend this affordable way to take in the VIP experience and behind-the-scenes excitement.
Guided tours are happening now, priced at $25 for adults and $20 for kids age 3-12, seniors and military. Tours run designated hours, 7-days a week, and leave every 30 minutes. Limited number of tickets are available for each tour and while walk-up tickets are available, guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online.
Here are a few fun facts we learned on our tour…plus some of our favorite stops along the way.
Dirty Bird on the Front Porch
You’ve no doubt seen the large falcon sculpture outside the entrance of the stadium. This gorgeous piece of art was crafted in Hungary and brought to the stadium’s Front Porch to welcome visitors. It’s made of stainless steal, and the football is bronze…boasting a 70-ft wingspan.
Fewer Seats; More Space
The “Window to the City” and the Skybridge offer sweeping interior and exterior views as well as natural sunlight. We love the Skybridge, a floor-to-ceiling window to the city and a social gathering place on the stadium’s northeast corner that allows fans the opportunity to connect with the downtown landscape and skyline.
Ironically, the 2-million square foot stadium holds 71,000 seats (it can grow to 80K if necessary) – which is LESS than the Dome held. What?
Here’s the scoop – the seats are larger, the concourses are larger, and the amenities are more plentiful. Cool, right?
We also loved learning about the 8-petal oculus roof, the gigantic halo board, the platinum-level environmental award bestowed on the building….and more. I don’t want to spoil it for you though!
A Sports Museum of Art
Dirty Bird isn’t the only art on the property…The stadium partnered with the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) to
curate a 200-piece art collection of energetic artwork. Look forward to a second tour in the near future that focuses on the art.
Some of our favorites includes an collage of clocks that calculate the time (see the video,) and 7-foot mural paying homage to early African=American players in the league.
In The Locker Room
Created with coach and player feedback, the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United locker rooms are expansive, state-of-the-art spaces that were custom designed for the teams…and you get to visit them!
I even had the luxury of sitting in Matt Ryan’s chair!
You’ll visit the VIP Lounge and The AMG Lounge (the VIP of all VIP sections.) My favorite part of this experience was taking a look at the field from the Fan Club Patio (imagine having drinks on the field during a game! wow!)
YOU will also be able to step onto the 50-yard line of the playing field and experience the stadium from the player’s perspective!!
100 Yard Club
At 100 yards long, this Falcons-themed bar and entertainment space located on the upper concourse is the first of its kind in the NFL. The club features yard markers on the floor, custom hash mark lighting along the ceiling and Red Zone bars on either end, aligning perfectly with the playing field.
We loved the large Falcon hanging from the ceiling on the 50-yard line, which matches the one on the field.
Here, as well as throughout the stadium, you’ll find the beloved Fan First Pricing…prices at restaurants here are set to match their counterparts outside the stadium. This includes $2 hot dogs, $5 domestic beer and $2 sodas with free refill stations located throughout the stadium.
Again – this is just a sample of the myriad things you’ll learn about on this tour…and by the end, you’ll love our city and it’s new stadium even more! Tours are happening NOW. Make your reservation today!
That’s Not All – Molly B’s Is Open!
Molly B’s is now open for lunch also! Named for Arthur Blank’s mother, this southern-food-done-right establishment is only available to VIPs during game time…but don’t let that stop you!
During the week, you too can enjoy delicious salads, burgers, sandwiches…and that amazing fried chicken…all while taking in a view of the magnificent stadium! It is open to the public for lunch seven days a week on non-event and game days from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Atlantans and visitors alike can enjoy a mouth-watering menu created by Chef Michael Bertozzi of both Molly B’s and TWO urban licks. Drawing from the local traditions and ingredients to deliver some of the best the region has to offer, standouts on the menu include the BBQ Brisket Sandwich featuring smoked sliced brisket, house pickles, espresso barbecue and sesame bun; Butter Milk Fried Chicken Wings served with spicy honey and cole slaw; Kale and Avocado Salad; and the Bahn Mi – pork belly, cucumber, carrots, cilantro, radish, Sriracha aioli and French bread.
“We are really excited to be opening to the public for lunch. It’s been great serving the fans of both the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, but we are ready to show the rest of Atlanta that we are taking a different approach to the food at Mercedes Benz Stadium. We are excited to show Atlanta what we are doing at Molly Bs using fresh, local ingredients on our rotating menu,” says Chef Bertozzi.
Disclosure: Thanks to MBS for hosting us on a tour and for lunch as a means of covering the details for you!
After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.