WATCH: Video shows how new Atlanta stadium will transform into home of 2017 expansion team
Last week, we heard all about the new technology that will allow Atlanta's new MLS expansion club to transform a $1.2 billion stadium from a football venue to a soccer stadium.
Now you actually get to see it in action.
The new team, which was officially announced last week and will be owned by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, has released a video (above) showing how the upper sections will be closed off to give the stadium an intimate soccer environment similar to BC Place, home of the Vancouver Whitecaps (adjacent).
"Arthur and his architect and designers have created a very, very unique, innovative, downsizing technology that will be automatic," MLS Commissioner Don Garber said at last week's press conference. "It's the next generation of what's used at BC Place, where it's manually done. This will be automatic."
The stadium, which will open in 2017 and is already projected to be one of the grandest sports venues in the world, will also feature movable lower-bowl seats and a retractable roof. Its artificial turf, a "design requirement of the stadium," according to Blank, will be made of "the finest synthetic turf we can accommodate."
The field transformation can be seen in the opening 10 seconds of the above clip. Blank also vowed that the soccer field will never carry football lines from NFL usage, and that holds true in the video.
"It's going to have an intimacy that we know is important for all sports, but very specifically for soccer," Blank said.