The home of the Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, will be used as a mass vaccination site for COVID-19, as the White House announced on Friday that the facility would be able “to deliver 6,000 shots per day.”
Before he was fired, Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce was a strong presence in the city of Atlanta, turning State Farm Arena into a voting center. The community outreach continues in the city after the NFL told President Joe Biden in a letter that all 32 teams were willing to make their home stadiums available for vaccinating the public against COVID-19.
“We have a total of 15 stadiums and facilities that have been serving as vaccination sites,” the league said in a statement released Friday. “The Atlanta site has been up and running since early January. It will now have increased capacity thanks to today’s initiative.”
Each of the 32 teams and 30 stadiums, pairs of teams share facilities in both New York and Los Angeles, “will make its stadium available for mass vaccinations of the general public in coordination with local, state, and federal health officials,” Goodell wrote in the letter.
The NFL teams that have already made room at their stadiums for vaccination centers include:
- Arizona (State Farm Stadium)
- Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
- Baltimore (M&T Bank Stadium)
- Carolina (Bank of America Stadium)
- Houston (NRG Park)
- Miami (Hard Rock Stadium)
- New England (Gillette Stadium