New details released Monday about the forthcoming Home Depot Backyard at Mercedes-Benz Stadium describe a versatile space that will get plenty of use.
The 11-acre greenspace will be used for tailgating and parking on game days and a range of programming on other days. The full site is 13 acres, including a forthcoming Orange Deck parking garage and hotel.
The new incarnation of the land where the former Georgia Dome once sat is expected to open early this fall. Installation of turf and a 35-foot mirrored soccer ball sculpture will begin this month, a press release said.
Stadium officials have partnered with Tailgate Guys to offer fans access to various gameday packages with amenities such as tents, TV packages, tables and chairs. Access to bellhop services, an onsite concierge and catering will also be available.
Packages can be reserved on a full-season, multi-game and individual game basis while space is available.
The Backyard’s fall programming season will test a limited number of events “within three key pillars: arts and culture, health and wellness and service-oriented activations,” the press release said.
Amenities are to include:
• The Home Depot Pavilion: A zone with a three-pier, dual-level, shaded deck pavilion with picnic areas
• Sports field: A regulation-size sports flexible space that can be used for soccer, flag football and fitness programming
• Biking and walking paths: A ½ mile of paths that will connect Westside neighborhoods with downtown Atlanta
• Playground: An area that will support a variety of ages, abilities and interests.
• Public restrooms: Permanent restrooms accessible to guests during hours of operation
• Pedestrian bridge and ADA-accessible ramp: These structures will provide multiple entry points and access for guests
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