A drone’s eye view of the new Atlanta Falcons stadium

Crews of 750 are working six days a week to build the core of the arena
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Photograph by Ryan Hayslip and Jeff Wolk
Photograph by Ryan Hayslip and Jeff Wolk

Where  Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Mangum Street
Drone elevation  212 feet

Eventually the fancy extras will arrive—the retractable roof, the 100-yard bar, the 360-degree high-definition video halo board. And soon enough, the hard sell will start on those $45,000 personal seat licenses. But now, with just over two years left to complete the Atlanta Falcons stadium, crews of 750 are working six days a week to meet the August 2015 deadline to build the core of the 1.9-million-square-foot, $1.4 billion stadium that will rise 30 stories over Northside and Martin Luther King Jr. drives. The New Atlanta Stadium—designed to hold 71,000 for football and up to 83,000 for special events—lies just 84 feet from the structure it will replace, the Georgia Dome, which opened in 1992.

This article originally appeared in our April 2015 issue.

UPDATE: In mid April, Falcons owner Arthur Blank stated that the estimated cost of the stadium had increased again, to $1.5 billion.

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