It has only been a couple of months since the Atlanta Falcons and the city of Atlanta officially agreed on terms on the construction of the $1 billion stadium, and the designs of the new stadium have just been revealed this week. The two designs are known as the Pantheon and the Solarium, where their main feature is the retractable roof. One of these concepts will be the new home of the Atlanta Falcons starting the 2017 season. When comparing the two, the Pantheon is the most outlandish of the two, but the additional features that this stadium would entail is more appealing. When it comes to the Solarium many would agree that it has a resemblance to the Indiana Colt’s Lucas Oil Stadium and an airplane hangar. The more realistic option would be the Solarium since it would still be able to give Atlanta a chance to host multiple Super Bowls CFB National Championship games, and continue to host many NCAA Final Fours and SEC Championships. However, the Pantheon would give Atlanta a better chance to host a World Cup final, but possibly help give the United States a stronger case as to why FIFA should consider to allow the US to host the World Cup again. Some of my concerns about the Pantheon is the maintenance cost when something breaks due to all the high-tech features and how much of a rise in tickets prices will for the Atlanta Falcons home games.
Overall, I would be happy with either one, but it were up to me I would go with the Pantheon despite my concerns. If we are going to spend a $1 billion on a new stadium, it better look like that and I think the Pantheon is exactly that. It something that has never been seen in the NFL let alone the United States. What also separates itself from not only the Solarium, but other stadiums in the US is the unique interactive fan experience approach. The organizations goal is get fans out of their fan/man cave at home and into the stadium seats. If the Falcons end up going with the Pantheon it will definitely put Jerry Jones’ Dallas Cowboys stadium to shame. Atlanta has come to play and with style.
Here is the full proposal of the New Stadium Project: 360 Atlanta Board Presentation – 04.30.2013