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More than 50 artists contributed works to the new $1.5 billion arena—including the largest bird sculpture in the world.

Gábor Miklós Szőke, Rise Up, the world's largest freestanding bird sculpture, at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons. Courtesy of Gábor Miklós Szőke via Instagram.
Gábor Miklós Szőke, Rise Up, the world’s largest freestanding bird sculpture, at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons. Courtesy of Gábor Miklós Szőke via Instagram.

Stadium art is officially a thing. Joining ranks with the San Francisco 49ers, the Minnesota Vikings, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Miami Dolphins, the Atlanta Falcons are incorporating contemporary art into their new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The arena, which opens August 26, will boast over 180 specially commissioned works, including pieces by Nari Ward, Hank Willis Thomas, and Steven and William Ladd.

The centerpiece of the collection is undoubtedly Gábor Miklós Szőke’s massive steel sculpture Rise Up, which the artist claims is the largest freestanding bird sculpture in the world. The massive falcon, perched atop a 13-foot-tall bronze football, is 41 feet high, with a wingspan of 70 feet. The over-73,000-pound artwork, which stands in front of the stadium, is nothing less than an engineering marvel, as tall as a four-story building.

“I have always liked to spark a reaction,” said Szőke in a statement, calling the commission “a special honor.” According to CNN, however, he almost missed the opportunity, as the initial email from the stadium group went to his spam folder.

Gábor Miklós Szőke bird statue at Groupama Arena Budapest. Courtesy of Groupama Arena Budapest/Marcell Katona via Wikimedia Commons.

Gábor Miklós Szőke bird statue at Groupama Arena Budapest. Courtesy of Groupama Arena Budapest/Marcell Katona via Wikimedia Commons.

The sculpture was built in Budapest and shipped to the US in four sections—it is made up of over 1,000 laser-cut individual pieces. It took more than 150 people over a year to construct, but for Szőke, the time and effort was well-worth the final result. “It looks a little like a transformer, ready and waiting to take flight,” he said.

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After playing games on Thanksgiving, dosage the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings will compete on Thursday for a second straight week. Dallas is looking to take one more step towards securing home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, look and they could severely damage Minnesota’s postseason hopes with a win on the road in Week 13 of the 2016 NFL season.

Winning 10 of their first 11 games, viagra 60mg the Cowboys are just a few victories away from locking up the best record in the NFC. Just a few weeks ago, the Vikings were in the running for the top seed in the conference, as well. But the two teams have gone in completely opposite directions, and Dallas is a three-point road favorite in Minnesota, via OddsShark, as a result.

Following a 5-0 start, the Vikings are one game out of first place in the NFC North and just a game over .500. Minnesota’s sputtering offense has overshadowed the NFL’s No. 2 scoring defense, and it will make it difficult for them to defeat the NFC favorite and a top Super Bowl contender. They’ll host a team on “Thursday Night Football” that’s coming off a 31-26 victory over the Washington Redskins, scoring at least 24 points in every contest during their 10-game winning streak.

Rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott continued to look like top MVP candidates in Dallas’ most recent win. The quarterback posted a 108.9 passer rating with two scores, and the running back totaled 120 yards from scrimmage with two touchdowns of his own.

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Being an NFL fan can be tough sometimes, cialis especially if you were rooting for the Vikings on Sunday.

Minnesota fans thought they were on the brink of defeating the Seattle Seahawks and advancing to the NFC Divisional Round when Blair Walsh missed an easy 27-yard game-winning field goal.

Needless to say, the Vikings fans did not take it well.

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