Goodbye Georgia Dome, hello Atlanta’s newest public park
Mother Nature Network
When it opens (knock on wood) this August, Mercedes-Benz Stadium — home of the Atlanta Falcons and host stadium of Super Bowl LIII in 2019 — will be as green as all get-out.
From the 680,000-gallon rainwater cistern to the 4,000 solar panels to the three MARTA rail stations within a .7-mile walk from the stadium, the flashy new facility has nudged an already-high bar in the realm of environmental sustainability even higher by becoming the first NFL (and Major League Soccer) stadium to pursue LEED Platinum certification.
But as it turns out, the real green will be found just across the street where the soon-to-be-demolished (some might argue prematurely) predecessor of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Georgia Dome, now stands.