The End of a An Era: Date Set for Implosion of the Georgia Dome

Recent progress on the construction of Mercedes-Benz Stadium has led officials to set a date for demolishing the Georgia Dome next door. The Dome — the Falcons’ home for...

Recent progress on the construction of Mercedes-Benz Stadium has led officials to set a date for demolishing the Georgia Dome next door.

The Dome — the Falcons’ home for the past 25 years — is now scheduled for implosion at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 20, the team said Friday.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium is slated to open Aug. 26 with a Falcons-Arizona Cardinals exhibition game.

The original plan was for the Dome to be imploded in July, but that plan was scrapped in April to keep the building in place a bit longer as an “insurance policy” against further construction delays with the new stadium. Issues related to steel work on the retractable roof caused three previous delays in the opening date.

Georgia Dome and the under-construction Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Image courtesy: AJC)

The process of “de-commissioning” the Georgia Dome and preparing it for implosion will re-start “in earnest over the next two weeks,” according to the Falcons. That will include removing the 71,000 seats.

“Significant progress on Mercedes-Benz Stadium is achieved every day, and we’ve hit a few exciting milestones on the roof over the last week,” said Steve Cannon, chief executive officer of AMB Group, the parent company of the Falcons and Atlanta United. “With strong confidence, we’ve asked the contractors to move forward getting the Georgia Dome ready for implosion on Nov. 20.”

Photo of the Georgia Dome under construction in 1992

 

Mike Stewart / AP Photo

 

Source: Atlanta-Journal Constitution

Featured Image: Georgia World Congress Center Autority

 

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