Thanks for the memories!
Opened in 1992, the Georgia Dome was the home of the Atlanta Falcons for 25 years. Now that fans are settling nicely into their shiny new digs at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, it’s time to say goodbye to the old downtown facility. On Monday, November 20, the Georgia Dome is set for demolition, and news of its destruction and inevitable implosion is conjuring up nostalgic feelings of the past.
Even If you’ve never stepped foot inside the 70,000-plus seat facility, you might recall some of the incredible sporting and entertainment events that have taken place at this famous Atlanta landmark. It’s the only venue to host the 1996 Summer Olympics, NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, and two Super Bowls. Not to mention, Southerners have tailgated and watched rival SEC teams play at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games and Peach Bowls for years. Of course, we can't forget about the Falcons rising up at the 2016 NFC Championship to make the last showdown on their home turf field a momentous one. But sadly, on November 20, all Atlantans will be left with are their memories and the headache of driving through unavoidable traffic jams at the site of implosion.
For its last hurrah, the Georgia Dome hosted an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session on Wednesday, November 15. And its responses on Twitter were anything but predictable and boring. Here’s what the old stadium had to say about being torn down, its favorite moments, and rumors of its contentious relationship with neighboring Atlanta venues.
No shocker here. When asked whether it thinks the demolition will hurt, the Dome replied, "Chances are, yes."
As far as groundbreaking events it has ever hosted, the Summer Olympics, WrestleMania XXVI, the Hogan-Goldberg WCW matchup in 1998, the 2016 NFC Championship Game, and, obviously, Texan superstar, Beyoncé, round out the top five. The Dome also gave honorable mention to country artist Kenny Chesney.
Its favorite food served at the concession stand was Williamson Brothers Bar-B-Q.
Despite the rumors, there’s actually no hostility towards the Philips Arena or the state-of-the-art facility replacing it.
Now, for the question most Atlantans are dying to know, the Georgia Dome has no predictions on whether the Falcons will return to the Super Bowl. Duly noted.
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The Georgia Dome is inviting its fellow Atlantans and fans from all over to watch the implosion live on various local channels, Facebook, and via the Falcons’ official website. Try not to cry.