Photo Credit | Atlanta Falcons and Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Watching football can be fun for the whole family, and attending an NFL game can be a treat. The brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium makes the experience a blast–with a huge rotating screen to watch the action and replays, great views of Downtown Atlanta, yummy foods, and football touchdowns and tackles from all angles.

Fan Experience

When you enter the new home of the Atlanta Falcons, it is overwhelming for kids and adults. The large, rotating screen plays videos and replays during the game, and pumps up fans even more than before. The field can be viewed anywhere from the inside, and there are 2,000 TV screens, so you never miss a second. If you Instagram or Snapchat during the game with #RiseUp, your family could end up on one of the screens. Check out game day special features or events here before attending. Hop on MARTA for a quick way to get downtown, with extra trains running on game days and multiple stops close by: Five Points, Vine City and Dome/Philips Arena.

Concessions

Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the first major sports facility or team to offer “Fan First Pricing,” which means guests won’t spend an arm and a leg on concessions. Basic foods and drinks are between $2-$6. For example, $2 for unlimited free refills for soda, $2 for a hot dog or popcorn and $5 for a cheeseburger. There are tons of other delicious options (not included in the special pricing, but to give more options) including Jim ‘N Nicks Bar-B-Q, Delia’s Chicken Sausage and more.

Tickets

Tickets are available through the NFL Ticket Exchange by Ticketmaster. Prices vary by game and sometimes get lower closer to game day. It is also worth checking StubHub to compare prices.

Host a Watch Party at Home

If you can’t make it to the stadium, invite neighbors and friends over to watch the game. Set up a giant screen in the backyard with room for kids to run around in the background. Have a contest to see who can show up in the most decked-out Falcons gear. Prepare a table with a sign to “get your game face on” with temporary tattoos, face paint and stickers.

Create a Touchdown Dance: Have kids create a dance in the background while adults are watching the game. At halftime, kids can perform the dances for the adults.

Craft Falcons-Themed Gear: Create coloring sheets on your computer with football and Falcons-themed images (think jerseys or logos) or find some online and print. Have a kids’ table ready with markers, crayons and other decorations to make their own designs.

Halftime Bingo: Print out bingo sheets online for each child or adult playing. Instead of an x in the middle, you can put a picture of the Falcon’s logo. During the first half, pass out the sheets and have players write in the boxes some of the things they expect to see during halftime such as band, commercials or cheerleaders. As the things they chose happen during halftime, players mark off the boxes. When a player gets five boxes in a row, they yell “touchdown” and win a prize.

Football Fun Dance: Play music and let kids show off their dance moves. The person playing the music suddenly stops it and calls out a football move: punt, pass or throw, etc. The players must mimic this move in the correct manner or get eliminated.

Backyard Football: During halftime or before the game starts, have two adults play “coaches” for the kids. The coaches can conduct drills such as throwing or punting a football. Hosting a small flag football game would also be a great way to let off energy and learn some of the rules of football.

Make Falcons-Themed Treats: Label this area “concessions” and fill a table full of Falcon-and football-themed foods.

Falcons Pretzels: Purchase a bag of pretzels and Wilton Candy Melts in red, black and white. Fill three microwave-safe bowls with the different colors and follow instructions to melt. Once melted, dip the pretzels in the individual colors and let cool and harden before serving.

Ice Cream Football Sandwiches: Purchase mini ice cream sandwiches, mini wooden spoons or popsicle sticks and white icing. Unwrap the sandwiches and pierce one end of the sandwich with a knife so the stick or spoon can be easily inserted. Pipe a football design down the middle of the sandwich and then place in the freezer until guests arrive.

Snack Stadium: Fill an aluminum baking pan with some sort of dip, most people use five-layer dip or guacamole for a green field, but you could also make buffalo chicken dip, cheese dip or Rotel dip. Surround this with plates of cut vegetables, crackers, chips, etc. for guests to dig into the center dip. For added fun, make goalposts with cheese sticks using toothpicks to keep them standing.

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