The Georgia Dome, opened in 1992 as the largest cable-supported domed stadium in the world, was located in downtown Atlanta. The Dome was the host to Super Bowl XXVIII and XXXIV, host of the gymnastics and basketball events for the 1996 Olympic Games and host to the NCAA Men’s Final Four three times (2002, 2007 and 2013) and the NCAA Women’s Final Four in 2003.
The Georgia Dome was the home stadium for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Georgia State University. Annually, the Dome hosted the SEC Football Championship, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game(s), the Bank of America Atlanta Football and the Georgia High School Football State Championships among other events.
The Dome hosted numerous sporting events outside of football including basketball (SEC and ACC Tournaments, NCAA Regional’s and was the home court of the Atlanta Hawks from 1997-99) and soccer (several international friendlies.)
In 2011, the Dome hosted WrestleMania XXVII, the third time the facility hosted professional wrestling. The Dome was equipped to handle large non-sporting events which included everything from MonsterJam and Supercross to concerts by such entertainers as Kenny Chesney, the Rolling Stones and U2 to religious events such as the Passion Conference and services by ministers such as Billy Graham and T.D. Jakes.
More than 1,400 events took place at the Georgia Dome, drawing 37 million guests and generating more than $7 billion in economic impact.
The Georgia Dome held its last public event on March 5, 2017, as Monster Jam closed out the stadium’s illustrious history.
Replaced by Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened in August 2017, the Georgia Dome was imploded on Nov. 20, 2017, making way for the Home Depot Backyard and a planned 1,000-room convention center hotel.