The price tag for the new home of the Falcons just went up again.
A report prepared by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority mentioned that the Atlanta Falcons recently ordered some $200 million in changes to the construction plans of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, AJC.com learned. This would bring the total cost of the stadium to $1.5 billion, the report added.
Mayor Kasim Reed, however, said the total cost for the structure is now $1.6 billion, according to WXIA-TV. Either way, once completed, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will become one of the most expensive stadiums in the world, and any additional increases to the cost would make it more expensive than the $1.6 billion MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
Team officials said the extra costs are a product of that one-of-a-kind roof and façade.
“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 obtained by AJC.com.
The Falcons will foot the bill for the extra costs, meaning the residents of Atlanta will not be on the hook for any additional money, AJC.com also said. The original cost for Mercedes-Benz Stadium was just under a billion dollars when plans for the building were approved, WXIA-TV added.
Additional costs are not expected to further delay the completion date of the stadium, which remains June 1, 2017, AJC.com also reported.
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