ATLANTA — It was a successful sports weekend in Atlanta, with the new $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium taking the spotlight.
On Saturday, a Major League Soccer record crowd of over 70,000 fans packed the stadium as rival Orlando City came to town. Atlanta United fought to a 3-3 draw to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot.
With the new roof being opened for the first time for a sporting event, a national audience and sell out crowd watched as the Falcons defeated the Green Bay Packers in a rematch of last year’s conference championship. It was the first open-air football game at home for the Falcons since they moved into the Georgia Dome back in 1991. The Falcons beat the Packers 34-23.
The stadium and its many amenities has seen rave reviews by fans and sports reporters alike. It has already hosted college football games in addition to professional football and soccer.