Bus Trip to Atlanta Georgia
$60 General Admission, $50 Members
Join the Friends of the Garden for a day-trip to Atlanta as we visit the amazing Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Garden. Built at a cost of $1.6 billion, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home to both the Atlanta Falcons football team and the Atlanta United soccer team, is an architectural wonder. It’s taller than a 30-story building, has a unique roof that opens and closes like a camera lens, and seats 75,000 guests. Mercedes-Benz is the only stadium in the U.S. to earn a platinum award from the Green Building Council for its conservation of energy and renewable resources and its environmental design. There is a two-million-gallon cistern below the stadium for storing water harvested from the roof. The harvested water is used to flush the toilets throughout the stadium. Over 4,000 solar panels generate enough electricity to power all the Atlanta Falcons games.
We’ll go behind-the-scenes at the stadium as our guide takes us to the Skybridge to see some of the luxury suites and skyboxes where corporate sponsors entertain their guests during sporting events. We will walk through the 100 Yard Club designed like a football field with larger-than-life posters of Atlanta Falcons players. We’ll go through the locker rooms and press rooms of both the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United teams, and we will go out on the field and walk across the artificial turf.
After lunch (on-your-own) at the food court of the nearby CNN Center, we will travel across town to the Atlanta Botanical Garden where you can explore the gardens and conservatory on-your-own and at your own pace. The Fuqua Conservatory, surrounded by a moat of interesting water plants, contains a tropical rotunda, desert house, an orangerie (collection of tropical fruiting plants), orchids, and other special exhibits. Outdoor themed areas include a rose garden, Japanese garden, plant conservation garden, summer bulbs, perennials, and a collection of hardy palms. A sky bridge will take you to the newly renovated children’s garden.