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Georgia Dome

Atlanta, GA

Home of the Atlanta Falcons

3.7

3.7

Georgia Dome (map it)
1 Georgia Dome Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30313


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Year Opened: 1992

Capacity: 71,228

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The Dome's Not Done

The Georgia Dome has been home of the Atlanta Falcons since 1992. But in the very near future, the Georgia Dome will be no more because a new stadium will take its place as the Falcons' home starting in the fall of 2017.

Over the last 20-plus years, the Georgia Dome has experienced its share of good and bad games, and the Atlanta faithful have been through it all. However, the Georgia Dome is not considered one of the best NFL experiences, because it does not have the same fan support like Quest Field or the football feel like Arrowhead Stadium.

While the Georgia Dome is out-of-date in terms of seating, video boards and concourse, it’s still a good place to take in an NFL game, especially if the Falcons are winning.

3.7

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

The prices of food at the Georgia Dome are what you would expect at an NFL stadium. They are on the expensive side, but there are plenty of options to choose from.

One of the things they have is a Williams Brothers Barbecue stand, which is a Georgia-based restaurant. The barbecue sandwich is to die for, and it's worth the $9.00.

There is a Taco Mac located in the mezzanine level. If you don't want a beer from the concession stands, go to Taco Mac, because there are plenty of beer options to choose from.

The best place to get food is the CNN Center, which is one block away from the Georgia Dome. The center has a food court that features Arby's, Wendy's, Subway and Dantanna's.

Atmosphere    4

One of the things the Falcons have done over the years is to make improvements to the stadium to make it feel like their home. With the red and black seats all over the dome, the stadium has a better feel than what it was back in the 90s with the Miami Vice colors.

Falcons Landing is a great place to get autographs from former players and cheerleaders. It's also a great place for kids to play games and win prizes.

When you enter the stadium, the drumline and the pregame videos will get you fired up to watch some Falcons football.

While there is still some work to do, the atmosphere at the Georgia Dome has improved vastly over the last 15 years.

Neighborhood    5

With the Georgia Dome being located in the center of downtown Atlanta, there is never a dull moment.

Not only does the CNN Center have a food court, you can also tour the CNN newsroom and shop at the Braves Clubhouse Store that has Braves and Falcons gear for fans.

The Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola are great attractions for out-of-towners, but you have to check out the College Football Hall of Fame, which is across the street from the dome. It's a great place to learn about the history of college football.

There are also plenty of places to eat, such as Grindhouse Burgers, Vortex, Stats and Hudson Grille. All have great food, and they won't cost you an arm and a leg.

Fans    3

The fan support for the Falcons has been strong over the years because of the success the team has seen from 2008-2012. There is normally a sold out crowd at the Georgia Dome and the fans are very knowledgeable.

The one issue is that the fans show up late to the games, so during the pregame activities, the dome can look empty at times.

Because the city of Atlanta is fickle when it comes to sports teams, the support for the Falcons is not as strong as it would be for any other team in the NFL. It's a lot better than what it was 10-15 years ago, though.

Access    3

The dome is not hard to get to, as it's located off the downtown connector. However, because the new stadium is being built right next to the dome, parking is an issue.

Most of the parking spots have been eliminated, and the remaining parking lots will cost more than normal.

However, moving inside the Georgia Dome is not a problem. The concourse is big, which is good because having 60,000 fans in one place is never an easy thing.

Return on Investment    4

Tickets for Falcons games are not on the cheap side, but that goes for any NFL game these days. Depending on the game, the prices could range from $60-$160 per ticket, but those prices could double. However, despite their recent slump, the Falcons have emerged as one of the teams to watch in the NFL because of players like Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. Going to see a solid NFL team with some good talent is well worth the price of admission.

Extras    3

One point goes to the interactive seating map located inside the gates of the Georgia Dome. You can search for your seat on a big touch screen and it can tell you where it is and how long will it take to get there.

Another point goes to Samuel L. Jackson, who is on the big screen before the start of every game to get the fans fired up.

One last point goes to the Falcons Ring of Honor. It's located on the inside ceiling of the dome, and it features former Falcons players such as Deion Sanders and Jessie Tuggle.

Final Thoughts

The Georgia Dome is on its last leg. Fans will only have two more seasons to enjoy the dome before the new stadium takes its place. And while the new stadium will be an excellent place for an NFL game, the Georgia Dome is no slouch, because it features great food, solid atmosphere and quality football. So the Georgia Dome could be one of the more underrated places to watch an NFL game.

A new dome isn't necessary...

...but billionaire team owners don't care about what's "necessary." They want what's more PROFITABLE to their franchise.

Here's the thing, though; they're gonna pay for most of it, so I say let 'em. The money the city will spend to be a participant in the new stadium is a little less, I believe, than what would have to be spent to upgrade the Georgia Dome to needed standards.

The stadium probably has about 5,000 too many seats, but you can't put suites where you'd take seats away (the upper deck endzone sections). A retractable roof would surely look better than the desperately "in need of a pressure washing" teflon tent, but that, alone, could be a $200+ million endeavor.

It's a shame that the Georgia Dome is deemed a relic, but when you look at the financials, it actually does make more sense to go the route the team and city are going, here.

I know New Orleans would take it if we could ship it to 'em, in a second.

by roninmobile | Nov 25, 2013 12:40 PM

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Crowd Reviews

The Georgia Dome, Atlanta Falcons

Total Score: 2.71

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 2
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 1

For me, the Georgia Dome is home. But here I'm being asked to step away from my biases, put down the homerism, and give a real objective opinion about the Atlanta Falcons' stadium.

In that case, I'll start with the facts. Built in 1992, this is the largest cable-supported domed stadium in the world. The amount of concrete that went into this puppy could reportedly be used to build a sidewalk from Atlanta to Cincinnati, and 8,300 tons of steel hold this sucker up.

Just in case you're curious, it's also the yearly host of the SEC Championship game and the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Besides that, it's got all the amenities you'd expect (suites with catering, 660 televisions throughout, and complete climate control). Of course, it's not always been so posh; it wasn't until the 2006 renovations, which were completed in '08, that some of the most important features were added.

More on that below"¦

Rise Up!

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

At the end of 2012, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, operators of the state owned Georgia Dome, announced plans to build a new retractable roof stadium which would replace the Georgia Dome, and be the new home for the Atlanta Falcons. As an outsider, this seems to be a curious announcement. The Georgia Dome is a mere 20 years old, and fresh off of a massive $300 million renovation. Coupled with the current situation of economic hardship in many areas of the United States, a new football stadium does not necessarily seem to be a top priority.

The Dome is currently home to the Atlanta Falcons, Georgia State Panthers, and the Chick-fil-A Bowl among other major events. The Falcons have been around since 1965 and under the ownership of Home Depot co-founder, Arthur Blank since 2002. During their tenure, the Falcons have had a lack of significant success, making one Super Bowl appearance in 1998. Otherwise, the Falcons have amassed 5 Division championships, including the most recent 2012 NFC South championship.

The current ad campaign for the Falcons asks fans to "Rise Up!" This idea resonates, as Atlanta fans who have been maligned as some of the most apathetic in the country, do not really know what they have. Were Atlanta fans to truly Rise Up, they would realize that they could create one of the greatest fan atmospheres, and distinct home-field advantages in the entire NFL.

It isn't THAT Bad

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

I looked at the score on here from the crowd and I am not sure if it does justice. Many of the Atlanta faithful thinks the Georgia Dome is fine and there isn't a need of a stadium. Living near Atlanta, I am one of them. Yeah, it isn't great, but it isn't a dump.

The major issues are there is a lack of food variety in the venue, the access is tricky if you're from out-of-town, and on the other side of the CNN Center (where the Dome is located), is pretty much a dump, not to mention lack of a major tailgating scene.

So to an extent I see the complaints, but the facility is a nice facility, and there are very few sightline issues, if any. And, when the Falcons fans have packed it in, the place can get very loud. I would say find a way of expanding the area for more parking for tailgating, but overall it is an okay stadium.

$4 beers from the soup nazi

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

When you go in get dropped off at the Omni hotel and you're right at the CNN building and a short walk from the Georgia Dome. Walk into the CNN building area where all the food vendors are and you will find one that will remind you of the soup nazi from Jerry Seinfeld. Here you can get $4 drafts before the game, just look for the sign. Then do some people watching, there's plenty of eye candy.

Blank Off

Total Score: 2.71

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 1
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 2

From the moment I arrived, I felt unwelcome. The first sign I saw was "Only 100 level tickets" which means those with 200 or 300 level tickets are not allowed on the 100 level, even for a few photos. Then I had to get to my seat on the 200 level, but in the mezzanine, not the club. My mistake was entering in the wrong gate, which meant that I had to go up above the club, then come back down to my area. Such a hassle, and not well-explained.

Other than that, a typical dome with a struggling team and disgruntled fans. You get a free soda if you fill out an opinion card, but I guess few people really care about their access. This place will not be missed when it is replaced in a few years.

The Dome is Home for Now

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

The Georgia Dome has been home to the Atlanta Falcons since 1992. But once the 2017 season begins, the Georgia Dome will be no more as a new stadium will open just south of the dome’s current location.

Over the last 20-plus years, the Georgia Dome has not seen a lot of big games because the Falcons have not achieved consistent success. However, in recent seasons, the Falcons have been in the playoffs four times and as hosted three playoff games including the 2012 NFC Championship Game.

While Atlanta fans are criticized for not supporting their sports teams, more fans have come to support the Falcons over the last few years because of their recent success. And while they have still have a lot of work to do in becoming the best fans in the NFL, there is nothing quite like seeing the Georgia Dome filled with over 70,000 fans cheering the Falcons to victory.

Atlanta Falcons v Chicago Bears

Total Score: 4.29

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 3

after visiting a nearby German bar before the game, i went to some of the pre events just outside the stadium had some fun testing out my throwing accuracy (surprisingly good 7-8) i took my seat 20 minutes before the game and watched the ATL cheerleaders. the atmosphere in the stadium is very good and can very loud with it being an indoor stadium not sure they need to build the new stadium really liked the Georgia dome and Samuel L Jackson's interludes during the game are awesome! was a close game up until the 3rd quarter before then the atmosphere was amazing and i really love that you can drink within the stadium :) had a chilli cheese dog from one of the outlets in the stadium tad overpriced but was very nice, overall i would definitely come back to see Atlanta in the Georgia dome again!

Great Venue

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

Really a simple but nice stadium. There is plenty of places to eat and get drinks. The location isn't the best and parking can be a mess, so taking Marta(local train transit) is best idea.

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