Leave it to the Atlanta Falcons to show us that architecture and drugs are a hell of a combination. Meet Atlanta's new Stankonia Dome Beta, Mark 2, a trippy conceptual design for a new football stadium in the process of being approved Tuesday at the Georgia World Congress Center. The 70,000-seat stadium's main architecturial hallmark is clearly an eight-piece roof that twists closed, like a metal vegatable steamer. What the hell does that mean? Via 11Alive News:
"This is primarily an open building that closes instead of a closed building that opens," said Bill Johnson of 360 Architecture, the Kansas City firm chosen to design the billion -dollar retractable roof stadium.
"The interesting thing is even though we have eight parts, they're much smaller than other roofs out there and they have to go a shorter distance," Johnson said. By comparison, he said the retractable roof at Reliant Field in Houston has three parts.
So who the hell is paying for this massive civil project? Well, if you have any business trips planned to the ATL that involve a hotel/motel stay, uh, you are:
The Atlanta Falcons are funding most of the stadium's construction costs. The Atlanta hotel-motel tax will pay for construction bonds totalling $200 million, plus maintenance costs once the stadium is built and the construction bonds are paid. The city of Atlanta is paying for infrastructure improvements.
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Now taking bets on who the hell buys the naming rights to this thing. Atlanta being Atlanta, there are plenty of options to chose from: Coca-Cola? Chick-Fil-a? Delta? Home Depot?
Now everyone answer this question in the comments... The new Falcon's Stadium looks like _________.