New Atlanta Stadium is the working title of a new multi-purpose sports stadium which will primarily be used for NFL games of the Atlanta Falcons in and a soon to be named Atlanta based Major League Soccer team.
Major League Soccer announced on the 16th April 2014 that there will be a new Atlanta based Soccer team entering the league at the start of the 2017 season. Part of the leagues expansion plans for Soccer across North America, the new club is set to be the second newest addition to the League and second team to play out of the Southeastern united States after the recent creation of Orlando City S.C.
The new Atlanta based side will be owned by Home Depot co-founder and American Football Team owner Arthur Blank. Presiding over the Atlanta Falcons, the ambitious businessman plans to base both sports teams out of the same stadium which will adjust in size depending on which sport is currently being played and what the expected crowd size will be.
The innovative stadium design features an 8 panel retractable roof, and multi-tiered seating which can be “curtained” off to make the arena feel more intimate when Soccer matches are played. Eventually it is hoped that Soccer will be so popular that the full-sized, 65,000 capacity plus stadium will be used but for now the 29,000 arrangement is the perfect size for “soccer” matches in what appears to be a future-proof set up.
The stadium is currently being developed with the working title of “New Atlanta Stadium” but as is the trend with other Major League Soccer Stadiums, expect the naming rights to be sold to sponsors in what proves to routinely be one of the most cost-effective ways of paying of the large construction cost. In Atlanta’s case, over $450 million dollars.