New Atlanta Falcons stadium is... interesting

Soon there will be a new field Matt Ryan can tell opponents to "Get the eff off!". Such a debonair gentleman.

While the Carolina Panthers hope public funding can add an escalator or two, the Atlanta Falcons move forward with their bold new design -- something we'd need to look at twice a year. It's a design that's as subtle as you think it would be, given Arthur Blank is a 21st century embodiment of Snidely Whiplash.

SB Nation has a full and even-handed write-up on the stadium, which you can read here. However as Carolina Panthers' fans we're charged, neigh required to mock it endlessly. (All photos courtesy of Falcons.com)

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They're calling it the 'stadium envelope', which is a more appropriate name than 'Voltron's sphincter', I suppose. In all honesty the design is pretty neat in a lot of ways, and as a sucker for industrial design aesthetic I love the angular edges and exposed beams.

It will be interesting to see if a glass-clad stadium in Georgia will be able to keep appropriately cool at the start of the season. There seems to be a huge potential for it to overheat.

Furthermore, bold designs don't often age well. It's not even a year since the Miami Marlins opted for a Lisa Frank statue in center field, or a ludicrous fish tank behind home plate -- and it's already getting old.

Ultimately, I think it's better than Dallas Cowboy stadium, and an innovative new design -- but I can't help thinking this is some master plan to put a giant petri dish in Atlanta for the CDC to use.

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