The Georgia Dome (1992-2017)
The Georgia Dome was the first home stadium to the NFL team the Atlanta Falcons. The Georgia Dome was also used for a various amount of other historic moments besides football. The stadium was built in 1992 and was imploded Monday, November 20, 2017, to be replaced by the new and improved Mercedes-Benz Stadium which cost 1.6 billion dollars. The construction of the Dome took place in 1989 and took 2 1/2 years to complete. The total cost of the dome was 210 million dollars. The Georgia Dome also held a lot of Georgia High School championships, Battle of the Band's, college championships, and the 1996 Olympic games. Various famous celebrities have also performed there.
Backstory and Context
In Addition, the Georgia Dome was also used for the 1996 Olympic games, the 2002 NCAA men's Final Four Basketball Playoffs, and the 2005 women's Final Four Basketball Playoffs. The 1988 former owner of the Falcons, Rankin Smith, threatened to move the team to Jacksonville, FL if the state did not construct another facility for the Falcons. This is because they shared it with the Baseball team the Atlanta Braves. The last game the Falcons played in the Atlanta-Fulton Co Stadium was in December 1991.
The Georgia Dome was also known for professional wrestling. One of the most recent Wrestlemania exhibits, Wrestlemania XXVII, took place in the Georgia Dome on April 3, 2011, with the main contenders being The Rock and John Cena. The Rock dominated that event. That was the first time The Rock stepped into the ring after 7 years. It gave fans the opportunity to witness the one and only godfather of wrestling back in action.
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