Say goodbye to the Georgia Dome.
Now replaced by Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Georgia Dome was brought down with a surgically-planned implosion early Monday in Atlanta. Right at 7:30 a.m. EST, nearly 5,000 pounds of explosives imploded the 71,250-seat stadium in about 15 seconds, with the roof falling in 12 seconds and grandstands coming down in about 3, according to the Georgia World Congress Center Authority.
The Georgia Dome, which opened in 1992, was one of the country’s largest domed stadiums.
The venue was replaced by the $1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium and is home to the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL and Atlanta United of Major League Soccer. The old stadium site is the future home of the Home Depot Backyard, a place for pregame gathering.
If it looks as if the two buildings were uncomfortably close, well, they were. Only about 83 feet separated the two stadiums, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, so a five-story industrial-strength curtain was erected to protect the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Dome’s Twitter account notes that, from 1992-2017, it hosted more than 39 million fans at over 1,400 events that generated over $7.4 billion for the state.
As opulent as the new place is, the Georgia Dome is home to so many memories for sports fans. It has been the site of two Super Bowls, 1996 Olympic basketball, three NCAA Final Fours and SEC championship games as well as concerts, pro wrestling and other events.
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