Minnesota's brand-new U.S. Bank Stadium hosted its first football game on Sunday, and however it really is not the newest stadium in Madden NFL 17. That title belongs to Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which isn't on account of open till sometime next year, but is offered to gamers now.
"This is aspect from the grand reveal, so it really is quite fascinating," Tim Zulawski, the chief industrial officer for AMB Sports & Entertainment, told Polygon. AMB is the group that manages the new stadium. "It's an opportunity to provide an early look into some of these amenities and features in the stadium, along with the detail that went into the design."

Mercedes-Benz Stadium's most impressive capability - a dome that irises open, above that video board, to allow in natural light on fair-weather days - is not however represented in the game. But it will be in future editions. "It's already exciting, thinking about next year's version with the roof being able to open, potentially changing the lighting," Zulawski said.

For now, the roof is closed and glassed-in, with translucent panels allowing in some overhead light. The main view is out the stadium's end zone; also glassed-in, it offers a look at the Atlanta skyline, which darkens and whose buildings light up if the user selects to play at night.

Madden NFL 17 players who select the Falcons in franchise mode and play as an owner will not have an option to relocate the team, with the game showing construction on Mercedes-Benz Stadium wrapping up. This can be also the case for the Los Angeles Rams, who play at the L.A. Coliseum (called Rams Stadium in the game) as they await the completion of their new home in the city.

Madden has done this kind of a stadium preview before, with Levi's Stadium for the San Francisco 49ers debuting in Madden NFL 15 and U.S. Bank Stadium appearing in Madden 16, under similar conditions. Once the stadium is officially opened it will go into all other modes with the game as the Falcons' home field.

But this really is no sneak preview. It really is the real deal, says Zulawski. "It solidifies that this really is the new home in the Falcons," he said.