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July 9, 2018 -
Atlanta's new $1.5 billion stadium, home to the NFL Atlanta Falcons football team and MLS Atlanta United soccer club, is protecting fans, personnel, and athletes from terrorists and errant drivers from using vehicles as weapons.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium was very particular about their security needs and protocols and requested a customized sequence of operations for their security equipment. Delta Scientific equipment was selected to provide vehicle access control at the facility.
DSC501 barriers were used at main entrances where players and VIPs, among others, enter with their cars. The DSC501 is a K54-certified retractable vehicle barricade. Set in an 18-inch deep foundation, it will survive and operate after a 5.4-million foot pound impact. Stopping the vehicle in its tracks, the DSC501 protects against a "second hit" risk from a second vehicle. The stadium preferred installing these barricades in a more visible, industrial look.
Five retractable DSC720 bollards were used at the pedestrian entry areas. This bollard stops a 15,000 pound vehicle at 50 mph. The DSC720 is 35 inches tall and 15 inches wide. At Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the bollards feature brushed stainless steel sleeves.
At the loading docks, 39 of Delta's DSC2000 barricades were implemented. The barrier is K12 crash certified with no penetration. The ten-inch shallow foundation also reduces installation complexity, time, materials, and corresponding costs.
Lastly, 50 DSC680 shallow foundation fixed bollards with stainless steel sleeves protect pedestrian areas. They secure any unprotected locations where vehicle bombers and errant drivers have no obstacles. The system also includes Delta Scientific hydraulic power units and features touchscreen controls.