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Roof at new Falcons stadium successfully closes

The new stadium where the Falcons will play has reached a major milestone: The roof has closed.

Via SportsBusiness Daily, AMB Group LLC president and CEO Steve Cannon posted images on Twitter of the roof both open and closed.

Unlike retractable roofs that slide open and shut, the roof at the Falcons new stadium consists of eight different 500-ton pieces that slide into place, like the opening and closing of a camera lens.

Falcons president and CEO Rich McKay said last month on PFT Live that the stadium will open on August 26, and that the roof will be able to open and close as needed.

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25 Responses to “Roof at new Falcons stadium successfully closes”
  1. ricko1112 says: Jun 4, 2017 4:07 PM

    Just like their championship window!

  2. FoozieGrooler says: Jun 4, 2017 4:22 PM

    Such a world we live in where people are utterly amazed when something actually works as intended.

  3. teammosie says: Jun 4, 2017 4:28 PM

    Well done Atlanta!

    Here that Jed York – the Falcons could make a high quality visualy appealing place to play ball that will keep fans from having heat stroke. Seem they might actually care about their fans…

  4. returntoexcellence says: Jun 4, 2017 4:31 PM

    Bunch of money for nothing…

  5. flexx91 says: Jun 4, 2017 4:34 PM

    While the milestone of winning a Super Bowl remains unreachable……..

  6. thelastwordyaheard says: Jun 4, 2017 4:52 PM

    Whether it’s bottoms falling out or tops closing, the Falcons have it covered.

  7. milwaukeeguy says: Jun 4, 2017 5:24 PM

    Each panel weighs 500 tons? That seems a little high.

  8. j0esixpack says: Jun 4, 2017 5:25 PM

    I gotta say, that camera lens style roof is pretty damn cool! Nicely done Atlanta!

    Wait til the opposition hears the recorded Seattle crowd noise booming through those state of the art speakers!

    That’s going to be quite the home field advantage! (well, some credit goes to the Seahawks 12th man.)

    Still amazing to me that the Falcons cheating with fake amplified crowd noise wasn’t a bigger scandal. No question it makes a bigger difference than footballs that deflate in the cold (darn you Laws of Physics!)

  9. aquineas1 says: Jun 4, 2017 6:00 PM

    Hopefully they use it more than the one at Reliant Stadium (which allegedly was designed to open/close).

  10. charger383 says: Jun 4, 2017 6:22 PM

    looks like something from Star Trek

  11. ronniemundsmambo says: Jun 4, 2017 6:22 PM


  12. ronniemundsmambo says: Jun 4, 2017 6:23 PM

    Like something you would see on an Imperial Star Destroyer.

  13. 2dat says: Jun 4, 2017 6:44 PM

    Unlike the Football team, the stadium’s roof CAN close.

  14. stampnhawk says: Jun 4, 2017 7:05 PM

    Where was it that I read some smug article that the roof may not open and close for the entire first season? Oh yeah, it was here.

  15. jaykray says: Jun 4, 2017 7:41 PM

    Sphincter stadium
    Butt bowl
    and so on…

    Way too much much money for a feature that will rarely be used and provides little return. Also, that circular screen in the hole is going to be annoying to look at.

    Let’s face it the falcons over spent on this thing.

  16. rugolin says: Jun 4, 2017 8:28 PM

    They could use that in the opening credits of the new James Bond film.

  17. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Jun 4, 2017 8:31 PM

    So yesterday. Computational photography using spherical lenses will lead the way to the future of picture making and stadium roofs. Very few of us had any idea what Trump was hinting at when he placed his hand on that glowing orb in Saudi Arabia. That guy is so ahead of the times that he doesn’t even know it.

  18. dirtyhelmet says: Jun 4, 2017 9:16 PM

    Congrats to the fans that will get to enjoy having a new, state of the art facility to enjoy. The ones taking the shots are probably the ones sitting in the crappy old seats at their “renovated” stadium. You will soon enjoy the awesome experience of going to a game in your top on the line home, like us Vikings fans. Good for you!

  19. mrfrostyj says: Jun 4, 2017 9:41 PM

    But does the crowd noise amplifying speakers work? That’s the most important thing.

  20. amishninjas says: Jun 4, 2017 9:44 PM

    Watching the animation of it closing makes it look like Megatrons b-hole.

  21. greenwhodat26 says: Jun 4, 2017 11:55 PM

    Massive pile of dog waste. The stadium looks dumb, too. Lol falcons

  22. tgoat12 says: Jun 5, 2017 2:34 AM


  23. Bob says: Jun 5, 2017 5:16 AM

    Yay, the roof closes, unlike the Falcons in the Super Bowl.

  24. droppedinagreasefire says: Jun 5, 2017 5:21 AM

    I know that every time the roof is opened and closed at Chase Field (AZ Dbacks), it costs the team $6k, mostly in electrical costs.

  25. ibillwt says: Jun 9, 2017 12:12 PM

    Just like their championship window!
    That’s cruel, but funny.

    Happy about their roof. Just wondering, why bother having the roof open that little bit anyway?

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