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Mercedes-Benz Stadium Seats in Sun & Shade

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Located in the heart of Atlanta, Mercedes-Benz Stadium is an architectural marvel and a hub of sports and entertainment. It serves as the home field for both the Atlanta Falcons and home pitch for Atlanta United. It also hosts concerts and other special events throughout the year. Atlanta is one of the hottest cities in the U.S. and when the roof is open fans should know where the seats in the shade and the sun are located. Football and soccer fans can use this guide in conjunction with the Mercedes-Benz Stadium seating chart to identify where to find seats in the shade or where to soak up some sun.

Where Are the Seats in the Shade and Sun at Mercedes-Benz Stadium?

Broadly speaking, you’ll find shaded seats at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:

  • South Sideline: Consistent shade on the Falcons’ home side
  • 300-level: Shaded thanks to the roof’s coverage

And sunlit seats at Mercedes-Benz Stadium are mainly:

  • North Sideline Lower-level: Sun sneaks through on the 100-level

Falcons games typically kick off at 1:00 p.m., occasionally around 4:00 p.m., and sometimes after sunset for NFL Sunday Night or Monday Night games. Atlanta United matches predominantly start at 7:30 p.m., although some can begin earlier. For specific details about sections and kick-off times, continue reading.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium Orientation to the Sun

Mercedes Benz Stadium is oriented in a slightly offset east-to-west direction. By noon, the sun looms over the eastern end zone. Over the course of the afternoon, it dips down behind the home field side of the stadium and eventually sets near the western end zone.

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st.

Where to Buy Tickets

Ticketmaster is the official ticketing site for the Falcons and Atlanta United. It is also where you can buy Verified Resale tickets. Season ticket holders may also list unused seats on SeatGeek and Stubhub so consider checking all for prices and availability.

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Early Afternoon Mercedes-Benz Stadium Games

Mercedes-Benz Stadium features a unique pinwheel-shaped retractable roof. When the sun is shining and the roof is open, sections of stands are splashed with sunlight. However, since the roof’s perimeter is opaque, those underneath are protected from the sun.

Sections prone to sun exposure are primarily in the 100-level on the north (visitors) side, notably sections 123-133. These areas are likely sunlit during early afternoon games if the roof is open. Exercise caution when selecting seats behind the western end zone, particularly in sections 119-122. These seats may be in the sun at the start of the game though they should shift into the shade as the sun journeys across the sky.

For shade, gravitate towards the south (home) side. All levels on this side shield you from the sun’s rays. The upper 300-level, regardless of the side, remains shaded due to its distance from the field and the stadium roof’s cover. While seats behind the eastern end zone are mostly shaded, they might briefly catch the sun towards the game or during potential overtime.

Afternoon shadows on the stands at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Most seats at Mercedes-Benz Stadium are in the shade thanks to the unique shape of the roof, but in the afternoon sunlight can sneak through and hit seats in the lower-level on the north and east sides of the stadium.
Cal Sport Media / Alamy Stock Photo

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Late Afternoon and evening Mercedes-Benz Stadium Games

Late afternoon kick-offs in Atlanta make finding shade fairly easy. Shade seekers should opt for the south (home) side or the upper-level beneath the roof. Mercedes-Benz Stadium boasts a 16-story glass facade, offering beautiful cityscape views. However, since the sun sets in the west, it pierces through this glass. If you choose a seat behind the eastern goal line for an evening soccer match, be prepared for potential sun glare hindering your view.

Ready to Get Your Falcons or United Tickets?

Use the individual game links or click or tap here to see an upcoming list of games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.