1 The new $1.2 billion Falcons stadium is a sight to behold (18 HQ Photos) BY CAMERON Aug 12, 2014 IN: AWESOME, HIGH-RES, SPORTS 1 While the team is grinding away on Hard Knocks trying to recover from a disappointing season, crews have broken ground on New Atlanta Stadium. 2 3 The new site sits directly next to the Georgia Dome and is scheduled to be ready for the 2017 NFL season. 4 5 6 Designed by 360 Architecture, the roof is the defining feature of the stadium. 7 It’s an eight-panel retractable roof, which can open partially or completely. 8 As well as completely shut. 9 It can also adjust its opacity to be come clear and let in light, or completely shut out light for events like concerts. 10 The circular Roman Pantheon inspired the roof. 11 The inner ring of the roof functions as a Jumbotron of sorts that will be visible to the entire crowd. 12 Some landmarks for scale. 13 The stadium can be adjusted to light up in three different color schemes; blue, white, or red, depending on the event. 14 15 16 The lower bowl has retracting seat in order to allow for a wider soccer field and curtains that will limit the capacity to about 29,000. 17 The middle concourse has been removed to allow for views of Atlanta skyline from inside the stadium. 18 The stadium is designed to adapt to other events, including Atlanta’s new MLS team’s game, a possible FIFA World Cup bid, and a NCAA Final Four.