The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the future home of NFL American football franchise the Atlanta Falcons, has moved a step closer to completion after the first seats were installed at the facility.

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the future home of NFL American football franchise the Atlanta Falcons, has moved a step closer to completion after the first seats were installed at the facility.

The 70,000-seat stadium, which will cost $1.5bn (€1.3bn), is due to open in time for the 2017 NFL season. The facility will also house new Major League Soccer expansion franchise Atlanta United, which is due to join the North American league in 2017.

According to the Atlanta Business Journal, Arthur Blank, co-founder of the Falcons and owner of Atlanta United, said that the seats will be 21 inches wide, except in the corners of the stadium due to regulations.

Last month, Blank also said that the steel portion and the roof of the stadium was half completed, with these sections of construction on schedule to be finished by this autumn.

In addition, Blank has spoken of his desire for the stadium to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating.

“Sustainability is very important to us as a family, a foundation and really the city and what we represent as a state,” Blank said. “There’s really no other sports facility in the country today that has what we call a (LEED) Platinum certification.

“The Platinum certification will attest to the highest level of sustainability both in terms of construction and in terms of how we’ll operate the building going forward.”