ATLANTA -- Their view was heavily obstructed by camera men, cranes and various construction equipment, not that there was anything to see down at the field level of Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
But there were huge smiles on Atlanta Falcons season ticket holders Stephen Klee and his parents, Rita and Ronnie Klee. They were the first to ever sit in seats in the $1.6 billion stadium Thursday.
The Klee family helped install the first seats at the Falcons' future home, which opens in 2017. They were joined by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, CEO of AMB Group Steve Cannon, and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA Dietmar Exler.
Rita and Ronnie Klee are original Falcons season ticket holders, attending games since 1966. Since then, they've made every Falcons game an important part of their family tradition.
"Thank you for your years, you represent what this organization is all about,” Blank said. “Seat licenses are about ownership and having a family experience with this franchise is really important.”
The Klee family's seats were noticeably spacious, no seats in front of them crowding their legs. Even when the seats in front are eventually installed, leg room still won't be an issue.
There will be more depth between the rows of seats at Mercedes-Benz stadium, and the seats are 21 inches wide instead of 19 like at the Georgia Dome.
That will be a welcomed feature by not just Falcons fans, but fans who will visit the stadium for events such as the College Football Playoff Championship, the Super Bowl and the Final Four, all events already scheduled for the new stadium.
“We don’t want to exceed your expectations, we want to blow your mind," Cannon said. "We think the passion we’ve poured into the design will make this the best sports and entertainment experience in the world.”
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