Atlanta Falcons stadium architects unveil new design images

By Maria Saporta

The designers of the proposed Atlanta Falcons stadium released several new images on Feb. 14 to show how the facility will look from multiple vantage points.

The basic design elements are similar to the images that have already been released, but there are several new details that give a better understanding of how the stadium will be positioned in relation to the areas around it.

Here is an aerial view of the stadium from the northwest. in the lower right-hand corner, one can see the existing Martin Luther King Jr. Drive end at Northside Drive. The new alignment would be along what is now Mitchell Stret

Here is an aerial view of the stadium from the northwest. in the lower right-hand corner, one can see the existing Martin Luther King Jr. Drive end at Northside Drive. The new alignment would be along what is now Mitchell Stret

For starters, the controversial issue of the future alignment of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive shows the existing boulevard from the west reaching a dead-end at Northside Drive.

The road currently known as Martin Luther King Jr. Drive east of the stadium curves south of the stadium to what is now Mitchell Street. The design shows the new MLK-Mitchell Street just being a two-lane road.

The Westside communities have become quite concerned about the stadium becoming an obstacle separating them from the central business district rather than creating a greater urban connection between the historically-black universities on the westside and downtown.

Here are a few of the new images. To see entire gallery of new stadium photos, please go click on the new stadium website.

A lively view of how the new stadium would look from Falcons landing

A lively view of how the new stadium would look from Falcons landing (Click to make larger)

A new image from inside the stadium looking to the City Window to downtown Atlanta

A new image from inside the stadium looking to the City Window to downtown Atlanta (Click to make larger)

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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