The Georgia Dome in Atlanta is hosting its last five events before being prepared for demolition, a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says. The events included the Falcons’ final game in the stadium against the Green Bay Packers, and will continue until March with two Monster Jam truck shows.
The Georgia Dome opened in 1992, costing $214 million to build. According to the report, the stadium hosted 1,456 events attended by 37.6 million people, including two Super Bowls, three NCAA men’s basketball Final Fours and 199 regular-season Falcons games.
The stadium will be replaced with the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the report says. Features of the new facility include an eight-petal retractable roof and a 58-foot-tall video board. The Mercedes-Benz Stadiums is expected to open in the summer.
Salvage operations for the Dome are set to begin in March, according the report. Utilities will be disconnected in April and interior demolition and haul-outs are set to begin in May. According to the report, implosion of the building was originally scheduled for the start of August, but with the Mercedes-Benz Stadium scheduling to open with an Atlanta United soccer match in July, it may happen sooner.
Seating from the Dome will be part of salvage operations and will be sold to the public for $599 in connected sets of two.
The site will be turned into green space, a grass parking lot and tailgating area after demolition, the report says. A 600-car parking garage and hotel are also planned for the site.