Arthur Blank’s vision of leveraging Mercedes-Benz Stadium as more than a sports and entertainment venue continues to unfold.

Since early January, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home to the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, has operated as a mass COVID-19 vaccination site in order to serve the greater Atlanta community.

Last week, the Fulton County Board of Health reached a great milestone of having administered 25,000 COVID-19 vaccines at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

“We are grateful that we are able to partner with the Fulton County Board of Health on this important initiative and reach 25,000 vaccine doses,” said Dietmar Exler, COO of AMB Sports + Entertainment. “Mercedes-Benz Stadium is honored to be a part of this solution and we are committed to keeping our doors open for vaccinations for as long as needed.”

Exler believes that Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s two million square feet of space is optimal to serve thousands of people a day, while also allowing for social distancing. He is also optimistic that 25,000 doses will be the first of many milestones.

Scenes from the Fulton County Board of Health COVID-19 vaccinations at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, on Wednesday January 20, 2021.

“We are hopeful that many more people will be able to get vaccinated at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the coming months, and we believe that we are on the path to helping our community return to normalcy,” Exler said.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium is currently one of seven NFL stadiums operating as a vaccination site – others include, State Farm Stadium (Arizona Cardinals), M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore Ravens), Bank of American Stadium (Carolina Panthers), NRG Park (Houston Texans), Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Dolphins) and Gillette Stadium (New England Patriots).