LOOK: The Falcons have a 73,000-pound bird statue in front of their new stadium

If you’re wondering why the Falcons‘ new stadium cost nearly $ 1.5 billion, it’s because the team decided to spend roughly half its budget on a giant bird statue. 

OK, that’s not true — the team didn’t spend $ 750 million on a giant bird statue. But there is a monstrous bird statue at Mercedes-Benz stadium in downtown Atlanta, but it probably didn’t cost quite that much.

Visitors to the team’s new stadium will get to see a 41.5-foot tall statue of a falcon, which is being hailed as the largest bird sculpture in the world. 

The team first announced the statue back in September, and roughly seven months later, the giant falcon was finally put on display this week at the team’s new stadium. 

Here’s a what a 73,000-pound statue looks like. 

If you’re thinking that the statue is bigger than a small pterodactyl, you’re correct. According to the Falcons’ website, the giant bird statue as a wingspan of over 64 feet. 

The team’s website also notes that the stainless steel statue was constructed by Gábor Miklós Szőke of Budapest, and that the bird is “capturing the moment of a touchdown,” as you can clearly see in the photo. 

As for the stadium itself, it’s expected to be open in time for the Falcons’ first preseason game on Aug. 26.

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