The beginning of the 2016 NFL season also marked the beginning of the last season in the Georgia Dome for the Atlanta Falcons, as they prepare to move to Mercedes-Benz Stadium next year. The 74,228-seat dome has been the Falcons home roost since 1992.
The Georgia Dome has served Atlanta well, as it has hosted some of the world's top athletic events over its 24 year old history. These events include all of the Falcons and Georgia State University home football games, the annual Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the newer Celebration Bowl, the Kickoff Classic, the SEC Championship Games since 1994, three Men’s Final Fours, one Women’s Final Four, two ACC Basketball Tournaments, two Super Bowls, a Sugar Bowl (the year after Katrina hit New Orleans), and the basketball and gymnastics competitions during the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games. In addition, the Georgia Dome has hosted WrestleMania, the Georgia High School Association State Championship football games, the Honda Battle of the Bands along with concerts by U2, the Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, and many others.
The facility was ahead of its time when it opened, as it was the largest covered stadium by capacity in the world, a record it held until the opening of AT&T Stadium by the Dallas Cowboys. The Georgia Dome has eight Super Suites, 164 Executive Suites, and 4,500 Club Level seats.
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The Atlanta Falcons try to provide a mix of stadium favorites with some southern specialties in the area of concessions. Along with the all-purpose concession areas around the Dome, the following specialty food retailers are available: Jim and Nick's BBQ, Chicken and Waffles, the Grid Iron Grill, and World Class Beers. Here is a rundown of typical prices to expect:
The food offerings include hot dogs ($6), nachos ($6), BBQ sandwich ($9), pretzels ($4), popcorn ($7) cheese steaks ($10), and burgers ($9). On the beverage offerings: bottled Coca-Cola products ($5), bottled water ($4), domestic beers (Budweiser, Michelob. Coors, Miller, Yuengling all @ $8), craft beers (Shock Top, Smith Forge, Stella, Sweet Water, and Terrapin all @ $10).
One nice aspect of the Falcons concession program is that each location is staffed and run by volunteers from a non-profit organization. For their efforts, the Falcons give a donation to the organizations to further their outreach.
Falcon fever starts as soon as the Georgia Dome comes into sight, as the exterior is made up of white, red, black, and silver stripes, which also constitutes the Falcons' uniform colors. Tailgating gets started well before game time in the many parking lots surrounding the dome or in the team's official pregame area, Falcons Landing. This area fills the space between the Georgia Dome and its neighbor, Philips Arena, the home of the Atlanta Hawks. Among the activities taking place at Falcons Landing are appearances by the Falcon cheerleaders and mascot Freddie Falcon, autograph sessions with Falcon greats from the past, performances by local bands and the Falcons Drumline, cornhole tournaments, and face painting booths.
Upon entering the stadium, the enthusiasm continues to build as you enter the immense seating area under the tent-like dome. The Falcons' red and black color scheme is also carried over to the seating area. All of this enthusiasm builds up to a crescendo as Samuel L. Jackson appears on the matrix board (with a full choir) imploring both the team and the fans to RISE UP! The team does a great job in keeping the crowd pumped throughout the game with cheers and replays of the Falcons' best plays of the game.
The Georgia Dome is located adjacent to the largest set of tourist attractions in downtown Atlanta. For sports enthusiasts, the home of the Atlanta Hawks, Philips Arena, is right next door and the College Football Hall of Fame is within easy walking distance. Fans interested in taking tours or visiting special interest attractions have their choice of CNN, The World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, or the Center for Human & Civil Rights. These facilities are all clustered around Centennial Olympic Park, downtown Atlanta's "front yard" and gathering place for special events.
Foodies will have no trouble locating a restaurant that agrees with their palette. Among the restaurants in the area are STATS, Taco Mac, McCormick and Schmick's, and a large food court within the atrium of CNN Center.
Atlanta is one of the top convention cities in the country and the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) is located next door to the dome. This means there is an abundance of hotels in the immediate area. These include the Omni, the Peachtree Plaza, the Marriott Marquis, Hampton Inn, and many others. All of these hotels have transportation links to the Georgia Dome via either MARTA or the Atlanta Street Car.
Football in the South is a religion, and Falcons fans are full of spirit(s) every Sunday in the fall. Most of them have no problem with finding the appropriate red and black attire, as the Falcon color scheme mimics the Georgia Bulldogs team colors. Many of these fans and families have been coming since the team's expansion year (1965) and have stuck with the team through thick and thin. Fortunately the last six seasons have been the most successful in the team's more than half a century existence. This has led to a streak of sellouts for the team, resulting in an increased noise level, which is only amplified by having a domed facility.
There are two dates on the Falcon schedule that fans circle and really get extra fired up for... the New Orleans Saints game and the Carolina Panthers game. The fact that both of these are division rivals and the cities are within easy driving distance of Atlanta usually results in a very competitive game, both in the stands and on the field.
Getting to the Georgia Dome on game day can be a challenge, as the stadium is not immediately off an expressway. The arterial streets can become clogged very quickly and the parking decks nearest the stadium typically are reserved for season ticket holders. Compounding this issue is the loss of spaces to the construction area surrounding the team's future home, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is next door to the Georgia Dome.
By far the easiest and most cost efficient way to make it to a Falcons game is via the MARTA rapid rail system. Its tracks extend to the northern, eastern, and western suburbs and to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to the south. The fare is a flat fee of $2.50, no matter what distance you ride on the train. There are two stations on the east/west line that provide you with immediate access to the Georgia Dome. The GWCC/Georgia Dome Station will drop you off to the east of the stadium where Falcons Landing is located. Those seated on the west side of the stadium should exit at the Vine City Station. This situation should improve for the 2017 season as the Georgia Dome will be demolished and a huge parking facility will be erected where it stood.
The most recent statistics for the Fan Cost Index for an Atlanta Falcons game at the Georgia Dome compare very favorably against a majority of the other NFL stadiums. The cost of an average non-premium ticket at the Georgia Dome is $78.58, nearly $9 under the NFL average. Another area where the Falcons score well include the cost of parking at $20, $11 under the NFL average. Concession prices are slightly above the NFL average by around fifty cents.
There are a number of other non-financial considerations when establishing a real ROI for the Georgia Dome. This includes the guarantee you will not get wet on inclement weather days while watching the Falcons play, the closeness of the Dome to some of the city's largest tourist attractions, restaurants and clubs, and non-stop entertainment offered during breaks in the game.
The first extra has to go to the Georgia Dome and the impact it has had on making Atlanta a world class city. Hosting the Olympics, the Super Bowl, and the Final Four has helped Atlanta shed its "Losersville" image.
The addition of the College Football Hall of Fame a few blocks from the dome allows college football fans a new and very interactive way to feel more a part of the game.
Falcons Landing provides a fun, and family friendly way to enjoy the pre-game festivities.
One last extra goes to Samuel L. Jackson for his very inspirational message to the faithful to "Rise Up!"
As the Georgia Dome gets closer to coming down at the end of this season, we think it is only fitting to have Mr. Jackson deliver the final benediction:
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"¦
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
The Georgia Dome has been home of the Atlanta Falcons since 1992. However, the Falcons will have one more season (2016) in the Georgia Dome before heading into their new stadium next door, Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
It’s good to see the Falcons get a stadium upgrade, but the Georgia Dome will be missed. With a capacity of 80,000, the Georgia Dome is the largest dome in the world that is cable-supported. The stadium has been used for different events such as the NCAA Final Four, college football game, professional basketball game and even professional wrestling.
For various reasons such as team history and inconsistent success, the Georgia Dome is not considered a bucket-list NFL stadium. However, the various food options, the seat colors to match the colors of the Falcons and the size of the stadium make the Georgia Dome a very good place to watch NFL football.
I attended the Falcons/Bears game in October 2015. The Georgia Dome is near by lots of other things to do like The College Football Hall of Fame, World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Tech and Phillips Arena to name a few. First thing you notice at the Georgia Dome? Lots of visiting fans. The Stadium itself is the good shape given how old it is. Price for the game was good too(I paid $73 for upper deck seat including ticketmaster fees). The biggest negative for me is if you don't have a lower level ticket you can't even walk on the lower level concourse. I would highly recommend the tour which was only $5 and I believe I got a Falcons flag as a gift.
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