It took $214 million to construct the Georgia Dome, home of the Atlanta Falcons since 1992. It will take $200 million to complete the Falcons’ new stadium by June 2017. To be clear, that’s an extra $200 million on a stadium originally projected to cost $1 billion but may come closer to $2 billion before the dust settles.
The Falcons, who are responsible for covering all cost overruns on Mercedes-Benz Stadium, have ordered $200 million in changes to stadium plans in recent months, including more than $100 million in changes last month alone, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, citing a May 31 report. “As the complex steel structure of the roof and facade continue to come together, the added costs come from steel fabrication and as a result increases in the steel erection process,” a Falcons spokeswoman said in a statement.
These changes are in addition to the nearly $100 million in cumulative changes reported in a similar status report dated April 30. Those involved “elements of the concrete superstructure, steel, mechanical equipment, electrical systems and finish refinements,” the Falcons said.