Super Bowl LIII [53] Stadium: MEGAPROJECTS

Super Bowl LIII [53] Stadium: MEGAPROJECTS

Which sport do you think will be played in
the most expensive stadium ever built? If you said American football, you’re right. This is the story of Atlanta’s $1.6 billion
Mercedes Benz Stadium that’s set to open by the end of the summer. It will be home to the world’s most spectacular
roof and will be the first NFL stadium to achieve the highest certification in Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design. “For a roof to open in this fashion, with
eight petals that actually move in a straight line, we can’t find another precedent ever
in the world.” The roof was inspired by the oculus in the
ancient Roman Pantheon and takes the retractable concept to a whole other level. The first retractable roof in a major sports
venue was Civic Arena — home to the Pittsburgh Penguins — and the first large stadium to
have a ceiling that opened to the stars was Toronto’s SkyDome. Not only will Mercedes Benz have the most
complex roof ever constructed, but it’s ridiculous 58-foot-tall halo video board will
be three times larger than the one in Jacksonville, the reigning king of LED displays. The project also landed the city the Atlanta
United, an MLS expansion franchise that began play this year. Mechanized curtains will cover the upper deck
during matches, providing the more intimate feel common to other MLS venues. This entire stadium effort doubles down on
the success of its predecessor, The Georgia Dome. It was the only facility in the world to play
host to the Olympics, Super Bowl, and Final Four. Atlanta’s centralized location is part of
the secret to its success as a sports mecca. It has by far the busiest airport in the United
States, making it the most convenient spot in the country to travel to. The new stadium is already scheduled to hold
championships for the next three years: 2018’s College Football Playoff National Championship,
Super Bowl LIII in 2019, and the 2020 NCAA Final Four. [Falcons’ Owner Arthur Blank] “I think
downtown Atlanta is very unique, I think the stadium itself is very unique. I think it sends the right message to many
cities in terms of public-private partnerships that are honored in the NFL. As co-founder of The Home Depot in 1978, Blank
has built an empire selling quality products that people use everyday. To achieve the elusive platinum LEED certification,
the stadium is using tons of recyclable materials and will have 4,000 solar panels to generate
enough renewable electricity to power nine Falcons home games. Overall it will use 29% less electricity than
a baseline stadium of its size. It will collect millions of gallons of rainwater
for HVAC cooling towers and for irrigating the surrounding landscape that will include
edible blueberry bushes and apple trees. The project was even recognized by the Obama
administration for its commitment to sustainability. [Stadium General Manager Scott Jenkins] “It
became apparent that platinum was within reach and that really excited me to know that we
could be the first professional stadium to reach platinum. That’s why I came here from Seattle, I wanted
to be a part of this project, because of Arthur’s commitment to quality and Arthur’s commitment
to doing the right thing.” The stadium will be financed by about $550
million of public money, with the majority coming from a tax on local hotel bookings
through the year 2050. This funding scheme makes sense from a local
perspective, let the out of town visitors pay for it. It also seems like a win-win for Atlanta residents
and their city council members who approved the project. Still, $550 million is a lot of money for
citizens of the state of Georgia to spend on a stadium, especially one whose primary
tenant will be the richest sports league in the world. That 7% tax on hotel rooms could’ve gone
to many other things that would enrich people’s lives more in the long run rather than the
immediate gratification of building a shrine to sports stars. Still, hosting so many massive events will
also have economic benefits for the city, not to mention the pride and prestige it will
add to downtown. Atlanta quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Matt
Ryan — who was just one magical Tom Brady drive away from a championship — summed
up the excitement surrounding the new stadium: [Matt Ryan] “Atlanta’s such a great town. And for hosting events that are coming in
this stadium’s going to be unbelievable. But for us to have it as our home field, it’s
gonna be the best in the NFL. It’ll be fun, it’ll be fun to play in
it and it’s gonna be a great home field advantage for us.” Thanks for watching. If you’re new to this series, check out
part one on Turkey’s building boom, or our recent look at the infrastructure projects
across America that are sorely needed. Both examinations sparked constructive dialogue
about how best to position our societies for the future. Until next time, for TDC, I’m Bryce Plank.

100 Replies to “Super Bowl LIII [53] Stadium: MEGAPROJECTS”

  1. I thought it would be a Football (soccer for American and Canadians) Stadium in like either Spain, basically anywhere in Latin America or The UAE

  2. Many of you seem misinformed in what sport is what . Football and American Football are completely different. In countries outside of the U.S and Canada they call football American Football and soccer football. In this video they mentioned American football (football) not soccer or what many places call football.

  3. now i wonder why does the stadium get so much public money while the owners are billionaires and their teams make 100+ million $ a year of profits. what is the point in giving billionaires 500 million dollars for a stadium they could easy finance themselves.

  4. Apparently it can only hold 40,000 for football according to Wiki, not sure if that's because gridiron pitches are a lot smaller ? As cool as these new glitzy stadiums look, all the money in the world can't buy the history of a place like Old Trafford.

  5. i dont think this gonna be the most expensive cause soccer teams like Barcelona and real Madrid are planned build stadium around 1.9 2.0 billions dollars

  6. Yeah…I'm excited about the new dome but they've had a lot of costly mistakes (most recently a misaligned roof) and it's gotten out of hand. Not to mention the $1.6 billion was actually money from Atlanta citizens and not statewide; thus causing an even greater strain on Atlanta's financial resources. However, all that aside I'm so hype for the opening! My parents are getting a suite and I'm making it a priority to go to every home game

  7. Hey TDC, can you do longer, more in-depth videos on these topics, maybe 20-30 minutes? I think they really paint a more interesting picture on the things you talk about.

  8. The Greeks and Romans built huge and beautiful feats of architecture and engineering to please and honour the gods, Americans do it to please sports stars. Mind you, I would love to see a Atlanta United game there! I have to say it's a really impressive masterpiece of a stadium and the only way to advance huge feats in architecture and engineering is to actually construct new things. Also if I was from Atlanta, or Georgia or even just American it would make me proud to see the stadium and think that fellow countrymen and women built and designed it. In the U.K. we don't tend to build amazing and spectacular stuff anyone, it just tends to be shopping centres or work offices 😢

  9. The most expensive and most beautiful stadium in the world is Wembley stadium in london, it is the home of football

  10. This guy gets an autistic orgasm whenever he sees a construction project or infrastructure. r/infrastructureporn is where it at

  11. This seems overpriced and that roof looks stupid. I'd much rather have a significantly larger retractable roof than a fancy one, such as the roof at the Dallas Cowboys' Stadium.

  12. It is ridiculous how NFL owners get so many tax dollars, but no single city can counteract this by themselves. We badly need a federal law that limits the amount of tax help the NFL owners get, but there's too much lobbying for that to ever happen. Plus, in addition to this, the NFL league itself gets an insane amount of tax breaks.

  13. dont be proud of your stadium when there is no history to be found and americans sorry to say dont be a puppet because they taking your money and your welcome!

  14. Take public tax payer money,save corporate money build stadium with it and made more money for corporation by hosting game of men throwing ball. Sigh…

  15. I go to Georgia State and live about 5 min from the stadium. The change being brought about in Atlanta is enormous. This might be in part because of the stadium because every part from midtown to the east side seems to be on the rise. So I can't really speak for the direct impact for the taxpayers, but it is nice to see these changes happening. This has to bring money to the city.

  16. Could you please make a video about the East African Federation? It's going to be a new country of six sovereign states. And a population of 146 million people, 9th largest in the world! I think it will be cool to see a video about that subject. Anyway great video!

  17. Amazing looking stadium, ahead of its time. USA really leads in the world in stadium and arena design. It's easy when taxpayers are on the hook for a Billion dollars and the Billionaire owners pay less than their fair share which should be 80%-90%

  18. I am in no way opposed to sports, and I like grand building projects. But I do wish that the teams would pay for their own stadia.

  19. The same quandary is happening in Calgary, Alberta. The owners of the Calgary Flames want to replace the Saddledome which was built in 1988 for the Winter Olympics, but they don't want to pay for it. They insist that the city should pay for it, but many people are opposed to that because the guy who owned the flames is a billionaire plus the city will never get any of the money that the new stadium will earn. The same damn thing happening in my own backyard.

  20. But will it have grass? Nope. Meaning that it'll never be top flight for soccer. Yes they can lay grass over the turf for World Cup qualifying or even final tournament 2026 games, but that never works well. (I also happen to think that American football is better played on grass, but that's another matter).

  21. It's a nice stadium. But it's got nothing compared to the new stadium the RAMS are getting built in L.A. by 2020. It's 3times the capacity size and 3 times more expensive. It's considered as the biggest most expensive event venue in the world…

  22. People in Atlanta suck. Over a billion dollars on a stadium for a mediocre team, yet there's no decent public transportation infrastructure.

  23. I drive by this everyday going to work. I hate it was paid for using public funding, but it was mostly paid for with hotel taxes, meaning out of towners paid for it when they visited Atlanta. I cant wait for it to open and to see my Falcons winning games there.

    Another good thing is they are really improving the westside of Atlanta next to the stadium, putting money into local schools and projects.

  24. $550 million to build a stadium? How about giving some money to India and Africa so that those countries can feed their poor? I'm ashamed of being an American.

  25. Imagine if Atlanta has spent the Billion+ that was used on new stadiums for the Braves and the Falcons on Marta instead?

    Marta could've greatly expanded to far more suburbs of Atlanta by train, meaning that the current bus fleet could cover areas beyond for more often reaching farther out.

  26. It's apparent from reading the comments that a lot of you aren't math majors or economists. Folks, this is a phenomenal deal for the city of Atlanta! $550M is a mere drop in the bucket compared to the hundreds of billions, perhaps even trillions of dollars this structure will earn over the course of it's lifespan. The windfall these types of structures generate in the long run are no-brainiers.

    I will agree that the US infrastructure needs to be rapidly upgraded, but healthcare should not be a govt responsibility in my opinion. I will never believe that it is society's obligation to keep it's citizens healthy. I have always, and will continue to always believe that it is the citizens' duty to keep society healthy. It certainly shouldn't fall to each municipality to oversee, otherwise the corruption as a result of incompetence would be off the charts! A nation the size of America, with 325+ million citizens, will never be capable of sustaining it's entire population with free healthcare without first raising taxes to astronomical levels & creating an unsightly bloated bureaucracy that will eventually smother it's middle class, and eviscerate it's upper class. Those types of states have never functioned well for very long without finally collapsing in a fierce avalanche of debt upon it's later generations. The United States is not structured the same way a nation like Sweden or Canada is. The US can not sustain that type of burden in healthcare as a military superpower with security obligations as a UN charter nation all around the globe. It's just not feasible. It's impossible.

    Right now, under the Donald Trump administration, there's money to be made in America once again thanks to lowering the absurd tax rates & slashing the stifling regulations that have had their boot on the throats of the American worker over the past 8 years. The US economy is witnessing a rapid expansion and business is returning to our shores once again. The path to sustainability lies in the same one it has always laid in the post-WW2 global economy: wealth generation through economic prosperity. Not through crippling tax spikes in order to briefly keep afloat the bottom rungs in the hopes of a miracle some day down the line. In other words, the path to salvation lies in Capitalism. It's the only model that has ever proven to work over the long haul for a massive nation such as America with it's enormous peacekeeping—as well as other global obligations such as feeding & clothing areas who lack self-sustainability—all around the globe.

    Folks, you need to take a step back, take a breath, and think in cold, cool logic about this. The city of Atlanta is a booming city with considerable wealth. $550M is a very reasonable amount when you consider all the money they generate through tourism and special events each year brought in by out-of-towners. Atlanta is THE economic engine of the southeastern United States. It has a growing entertainment industry and is the most vital airway hub for the entire Northwestern hemisphere! It's a city that is home to several Fortune 500 companies. There is nothing unfair about this $550M down payment compared to the windfall they will reap within a mere 3-5 years time.

    I thought a lot of you liberals who love spending other people's money would at least recognize Atlanta's commitment to free internet, feasible pricing, strict water conservation/recycling initiatives, and self-sufficient energy generation through solar panels and windmills. This stadium is not a gross waste of resources, nor is it a giant polluter and blighted eyesore. This is a great deal all around for Atlanta.

  27. Monster truck fried food obese racist big anus hole southern arena. Woo hoo billions for a brain damaging sport. Woo hoo soccer on rubber turf. Woo oo white peeps payn big bucks to watch black dudes bang their brains. Woo hoo pay taxes for football. Bahaha. Good one Atlanta. You make me smile

  28. Inglewood Stadium and neighborhood is looking pretty grand. Might give Atlanta a run for their money 🤔

  29. How is Atlanta has a centralized location ?someone explain this to me, doesn’t Oklahoma City have a more centralized location?

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