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Georgia Dome

Atlanta, GA

Home of the Atlanta Falcons

3.9

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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's Not Done

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.

3.9

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 Georgia Dome has plenty of food options to make every fan happy.

There are the basic concession stand foods, such as hot dogs, nachos and pizza. However, there is also a Taco Mac located inside the stadium, as well as Williamson Brothers Barbecue to add variety. It will cost you a pretty penny, though, as a meal will cost at least $10.

As far as the drink options go, there are domestic beers sold throughout the stadium that will cost around $7. And because Atlanta is the home of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Dome has Coke products sold everywhere.

The best place to go is Taco Mac, because not only do you get great food options such as wings and burgers, you also have a plethora of alcohol options to choose from.

Atmosphere    4

Going to the Georgia Dome for a Falcons game is like going to any other NFL game. The stadium is built like a bowl, which is not seen as much in newer stadiums, but it does have an old-school feel, which is always a good thing.

One of the setbacks, though, is the two video boards. They are not as big as what you see in other NFL stadiums, which makes it a little difficult to see it if you are sitting in the upper level.

The cheerleaders never disappoint, and there is also a drumline that performs during pregame. The cheerleaders and the drumline do a good job getting fans ready for three hours of action. Also, the PA announcer has a great voice and is very articulate.

Because it's an indoor stadium, there is not a bad place to sit. But the best place is in mezzanine level near the 50-yard line. The tickets are expensive, but it's worth it.

Neighborhood    5

With the Georgia Dome being located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, there is never a dull moment and there's always somewhere to go.

When it comes to a great place to eat that is not far away, STATS is always the place to go. It's a great place to pregame, as well as go after the game to watch the later NFL matchups. Hudson Grille is another great option that is within walking distance.

As far as attractions, the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola and the College Football Hall of Fame are three places that you have to see if you are going to the Falcons game or just visiting the city. All three places are family friendly, and you don't have to break the bank.

For a place to stay, the Omni Hotel is where to go. It's in the middle of downtown Atlanta, so you can walk to the Georgia Dome and all the other attractions in the area.

Fans    3

For a team that has not won consistently the last few seasons, the fan base for the Falcons is strong. They are passionate about the team, they are smart and they can get real loud when things are going the Falcons' way.

The only knock I have is most of the fans arrive to the stadium late and it looks like a ghost town before kickoff. There are plenty of reasons for that, such as tailgating and traffic, but that's what separates them from a good fan base to a great fan base.

Access    3

Because of the construction of the new stadium, getting to and from the Georgia Dome can be challenging.

You can drive to the stadium easily, because it's located right off of Interstate 75/85 and Interstate 20. But what will get you is parking. The parking spots have been slightly limited due to the new stadium, and it could cost you as much as $40.

The best bet is taking MARTA, which is the local transit system. It will take you right to the stadium, and the cost of a round-trip ticket is only $5.

Getting inside the stadium is not a real issue. The lines move fast enough, considering the NFL has tightened things up when it comes to security. And the size of the stadium is big enough so that you can walk to and from your seat without feeling congested.

Return on Investment    4

Tickets for a Falcons game are not entirely too expensive for an NFL game. The cheapest will be in the $40 range, and the most expensive will be around $200. And the price for parking has increased, but you can take MARTA for a fraction of the price. As far as the food goes, the prices are fair for an NFL game.

So, for the most part, you are getting your money's worth every time you come to the Georgia Dome. It will cost you a good bit of money, but with the Falcons playing only eight times in a year (excluding preseason games), the prices for tickets food and parking could be a lot worse.

Extras    4

One point goes to the game day programs. They are free and are placed in every other seat when you walk into the Georgia Dome.

Another point goes to Falcons Landing. It's a great place for fans to pregame, as they can play games, win prizes and get the cheerleaders' autographs.

The Falcons Ring of Honor is located above the scoreboard. The Falcons do a good job honoring the great players of the past with the Ring of Honor, which started 11 years ago.

One final mention goes to Samuel L. Jackson. Before kickoff and during the game, he is shown on the video boards to tell fans to "Rise Up." He might be the most famous Falcons fan in the world, and if you don't believe he's a true Falcons fan, follow him on Twitter when the Falcons play, because you will not be disappointed.

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!

The Dome's Not Done

Total Score: 3.71

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

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.

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.

Georgia Dome Review

Total Score: 3.57

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

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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