How does the Mercedes-Benz Stadium work?

How does the Mercedes-Benz Stadium work?

– [Narrator] I like making
videos about famous buildings. But I also make videos
about mechanical objects. In this video, I think I’ve
found the best of both worlds: the Mercedes-Benz Stadium,
which is the chose venue for the 2019 Super Bowl. It has a retractable room
unlike any other in the world. In this video, I want to show
you the roof, the halo board, the floor layouts, and some
interesting facts along the way. Let’s do this. (electricity buzzing) The Mercedes-Benz Stadium
took three years to build, finally complete in August of 2017. It has quite a unique
shape on the outside. It cost $1.6 billion and has 72,000 seats. The stadium is located
in Atlanta, Georgia. So here’s the United States,
the state of Georgia, and here is the city of Atlanta. This is the home of the
Atlanta Falcons football team. The falcon statue can be found here, and there’s solar panels over here to help power the stadium. Most people will enter the building from any one of these four gates. The inside of the stadium is very open. This is a modern stadium, so there’s plenty of wifi access points, and you’ll get excellent cellphone service no matter where you are in the building. There’s a few different levels here. The main ones are the 100,
200, and 300 concourse levels, but there’s also levels in-between them. Let’s briefly go through
each one of these. The field level has private
suites at each end of the field. Watch the game on the seats
right next to the field, or go inside and watch from
your comfortable suite. Notice how these are directly underneath the closest stadium seats. There’s hallways to get around back here, and there’s four different
clubs to hang out in. Just right outside the club, you can watch the game
from the sidelines here. This is the 100 concourse level, which has the closest stadium seats. There’s plenty of refreshments. Here’s where the sports bars are located. And let’s not forget
about the restaurants. This is the Homegrown Legends wall. It features a football helmet from every single high school
football team in Georgia. Here’s the team store, just in case you want to buy official merchandise. And there’s plenty of
escalators and stairs to get up to the higher levels. This is the S-1 suite level,
for those that want to reserve a more private place to watch the game. Here’s the 200 concourse level. Plenty more seats, and of
course drinks and food. This is the S-2 suite level. This area here is the press box so they can get a good view of the game. And here’s the 300 concourse level. This is where you’ll
find the 100 Yard Club. It’s a place for fans
to hang out, eat food, and look at the unique team displays. Let me just point out
the skybridges over here. You can get a good luck out the windows, all while still being
within view of the field. Now, as with any stadium, you can’t put supports
to hold up the roof. That would take away seats and
block the views of the field. So for this stadium, there’s
incredibly strong metal beams that extend across the top,
and then the halo board goes right in the middle of it all. This is a 360-degree video display screen that holds the world record for being the largest display screen of its kind. No matter where you sit in the stadium, you’ll be able to get a
good view of the halo board. This is a big deal when you think about the old way of just putting
a tiny display screen at the end of the field. Not everyone can see it very well. Let’s get a good size
comparison for the halo board. If you were to stretch out the halo board, it would be slightly higher
than the Eiffel Tower. It’s made of 616 tiny sections. Each section is made up
of even smaller panels, and on these panels are a
bunch of tiny LED lights which are either red, green, or blue. These colors, combined together, can create the images
that you see on-screen. My favorite part of this
stadium is the retractable roof. It can open or close
in only eight minutes. This way a little bad weather
doesn’t have to ruin the game. It’s got eight petals, and
they each weigh 500 tons. Each petal rides on two tracks. Let’s just look at one of the petals. The inner track has the
wheels riding on top. But the outer track has the
wheels riding on the bottom. This prevents the roof
petal from tipping over, so the petal simply rides
along the two tracks. Here it’s closed. And here it’s open. With all eight petals
doing the same thing, we get this kind of optical illusion which looks pretty cool. Each petal has to be
in sync with the others to move at the same time. If just one of the petals stop working, the whole roof won’t be
able to close or open; it’s all or nothing. Outside of game day,
you can take a paid tour to see this up close. My name’s Jared, and I make 3-D animations on how things work. I hope you’re ready, because I have a lot of fun things planned for the coming year. So press that subscribe button, and make sure to hit the bell so you’re notified when
I post a new animation. Thanks for watching, and
I’ll see you next time.

About the Author: Garret Beatty


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  2. I did some of the magnetic particle NDT inspection of welds on this stadium. I was blown away by the CNC routing of the metal which included indentations for other steel to be placed in. This assured incredible accuracy.

  3. Good video, this the first comment I ever wrote. Now I see some 561 thumbs down for real? Some people I don't understand haters!!

  4. How does the outer track not get ripped off the roof, if the wheels are on the bottom, pressing upwards against it? (Yes, I know most of the weight is going to be on the inner track, with the wheels on the top. But, even 1/5th of 500 tons is still 100 tons.)

  5. i have never heard of superbowl and only heard about it when they changed the spongebob music and i must say

    this is w i l d like there are actual restaurants like w h a t

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