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Georgia Dome

Atlanta, GA

Home of the Atlanta Falcons

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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 is Home for Now

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.

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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 food prices at the Georgia Dome are on the expensive side, but the quality is worth the cost. From hot dogs, wings, burgers, popcorn, and fries, there is a wide variety of food to choose from.

I had the chicken tenders and fries the last time I was at the Georgia Dome. It cost me $13 dollars, but they gave me a lot of food so I was not complaining.

The one thing that does stand out is they have a couple a Taco Mac concession stands as well as an actual Taco Mac restaurant inside the dome. So if you want to go to the Brewniversity while watching the Falcons game, you are more than welcome to do so.

Just like any professional football stadium, there are plenty of alcoholic beverages to choose from. And if you want a soda, then Coca-Cola is the beverage of choice because the main headquarters is a few blocks away.

Atmosphere    4

The Georgia Dome is the largest cable supported dome in the world. When you walk into the stadium, it looks a lot bigger than looking at it from the outside.

Over the years, the Falcons have improved to make the dome feel like the home of the Falcons by painting the seats red and black and doing the same thing with the outside walls.

Then there is Falcons Landing which is located right in front of the C Gate of the dome. Fans can play games, get autographs and listen to some of the local sports talk radio host preview the Falcons game.

And once you're inside the dome, the drumline and the pregame videos and the cheerleaders do a good job getting you ready for kickoff.

Because the team has had some success over the last few years, the dome has more of a big-time NFL feel than in the past. And while they have a ways to go to be a premiere NFL atmosphere, they are on their way.

Neighborhood    5

The Georgia Dome is located in the heart of Atlanta, and there is a ton to do other than just taking in the Falcons game. Right next to the Georgia Dome is Philips Arena where you can see an Atlanta Hawks game as well as a concert.

There is also the CNN Center where you can take a tour of CNN studios and shop at the Atlanta Braves Clubhouse store.

Right around the corner is the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. Both are great places to take kids and are very informative.

But the one thing that will catch the eye of many patrons is the College Football Hall of Fame, which will open in the fall of 2014. This is good place to learn all about the game and its legendary players and coaches.

Fans    4

The fans in Atlanta have been ridiculed over the years because they are not as passionate as some of the other NFL fan bases in bigger markets. But because of the recent success of the team, the fans have been more actively supportive of the Falcons.

The biggest issue is that the fans do show up late, so when the game starts, the dome may look a little emptier than it should be. But that has do with traffic and tailgating, and the fans eventually file in.

There are normally 65,000-70,000 fans per game and they are smart and loud when they need to be. As much as Atlanta loves the Braves and the Georgia Bulldogs, the Falcons have captured their hearts because this team has a chance to do some big things in the next few years.

Access    4

With the Georgia Dome located right off the downtown connector, it's really easy to get to. And because there are plenty of parking options, getting out of stadium is not a problem either.

And when it comes to moving around the Georgia Dome, that's a piece of cake as well. However, one of the new things they have done is if you have a 100-level ticket, only those fans can walk around that level.

As far as the restrooms go, they are as clean as you will find in an NFL stadium. But because there are 65,000 fans that attend a game, they can get crowded, so make sure to choose your time to go to the restroom wisely.

Return on Investment    4

Tickets for a game can range from $60-$160 depending on where you want to sit. And parking will range from $20-$60, which is on the high side. But overall, it's a good investment to make because there are only eight games per season, the food prices are not out of this world, and the product on the field has been solid over the last few years. So it's worth spending the money to go to the dome on a Sunday afternoon.

Extras    3

The entrance video is as good as it gets. Samuel L. Jackson telling fans to rise up is never old and he's been doing it for years.

The Falcons Ring of Honor is a great way to remember the best players in Falcons history.

One of the most interesting things the Georgia Dome has is every helmet of every high school team in the state. Even my school was up on the wall which is a very cool thing to see for the many fans visiting from all over the state of Georgia.

Final Thoughts

The Georgia Dome is a good place to take in an NFL game. The officials have made improvements to the stadium to enhance the fan experience, and it has worked because whenever the Falcons are in town, the Atlanta area is always a busy place. But time is running out on the dome because the new Falcons stadium will open in the next few years. So make sure to you get the Georgia Dome before it's too late.

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.

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(404) 223-4412

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Georgia Aquarium  (map it!)

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(404) 581-4000

http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/

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CNN Center  (map it!)

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