Several local news outlets are reporting that a date for demolishing the Georgia Dome. The implosion is set for 7:30 a.m. Nov. 20, the according NFL team the Falcons parent company, AMB Group. The date had been delayed due to construction delays with its successor, Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
It is now slated to open Aug. 26 with a Falcons versus Arizona Cardinals exhibition game, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
The dome was to be imploded in July, but that plan was scrapped in April to keep the building in place as an insurance policy against further construction delays with the new stadium, the article states. Issues related to steel work on the retractable roof caused three previous delays in the opening date — first from March 1 to June 1, then to July 30, then to Aug. 26.
But stadium officials gained confidence in the late-August opening after the recent completion of structural steel work and the movement last weekend of the motorized roof from open to closed for the first time.
“Significant progress on Mercedes-Benz Stadium is achieved every day, and we’ve hit a few exciting milestones on the roof over the last week,” Steve Cannon, AMB Group’s CEO, said in a statement June 9. “With strong confidence, we’ve asked the contractors to move forward getting the Georgia Dome ready for implosion on Nov. 20.”
Decommissioning the dome and preparing it for is expected to restart “in earnest over the next two weeks,” according to AMB Group. That work will include removing the seats, video boards and extensive equipment.