Over the next few months, signs will be installed from the interstate to city streets to the Georgia World Congress Center campus to direct fans to key parking decks, areas and lots.
The relationship with Waze, which began last year, gives the stadium administrative control to make real-time updates. Gomes hopes they can teach fans to use Waze and not trust GPS, which may not take outside factors into account.
Other new elements include two parking structures, which will be built on the Dome site after it’s imploded at a later date. One will be the Orange Deck, which should hold about 550 cars. (All existing stadium decks will be renamed to colors.)
The other will be less traditional: The Home Depot Backyard, a 13-acre park that can also function as an organized, tailgate-friendly parking area for about 800 cars during large events.
“It was important to Arthur (Blank) to challenge us to not create more blacktop asphalt,” Gomes said.
More details will be released closer to the August opening, but here are some other things to keep in mind:
Fans will be able to purchase parking in advance through Parkmobile, which will have more than 12,000 spots available. The stadium officials are working with the Georgia Department of Transportation to regulate traffic lights on Northside Drive. And for folks who don't want to drive or take MARTA, there will be designated pickup areas for ride-share app users.
The three-pointed star and script of “Mercedes-Benz Stadium” glowed for the first time on Thursday morning in an inaugural lighting ceremony.