Georgia Dome -
Address: 1 Georgia Dome Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30313-1591
Home of: Atlanta Falcons (NFL)
Date opened: 1992
Capacity: Football: 71,228
Cost: $214 million
The Georgia Dome, located at 1 Georgia Dome Drive, N.W., Atlanta,
GA 30313, has been the home of the Atlanta Falcons of the National
Football League since 1992 and also hosted the Atlanta Hawks of
the National Basketball Association from 1997 to 1999. The
Georgia Dome is one of the few in the NFL that used AstroTurf artificial surface for its football events. In 2003, Arthur Blank, the new owner of the Atlanta Falcons, funded the new state-of-the-art FieldTurf artificial surface system.
The stadium cost $214 million to construct in 1992 but the funding wasn’t
painful on the public taxpayers. The land the dome sits on was donated by the
state and revenue bonds were authorized to raise the rest of the finances.
The Georgia Dome rests only nine miles from the nearest airport, and the dome
is surrounded by quality hotels and other attractions. The Georgia Dome can hold more
than 71,000 people for a football game and features more than 200 luxury suites
and 5,600 club level seats. The dome can hold
55,000 for concerts, and up to 75,000 people for boxing matches. The tickets
at the Georgia Dome are among the cheapest in the league while still offering
excellent sight lines and view points. The Georgia Dome used to have a few
opens seats here and there, but since the addition of the explosive Michael
Vick to the team, the fans have sold out almost every game over the last two
years, thus making a ticket to a Falcons game much more valuable than in previous
The Georgia Dome is the largest cable supported stadium in the
entire world and only took three years to build in downtown Atlanta.
The Georgia Dome has many amenities including several food courts,
the In-Zone Restaurant, Kickers Sports Bar, and Millers Lodge.
Before the 2002 season, the surface was changed from Astroturf
to Fieldturf. The Georgia Dome also hosted Super Bowls XXXIV and
XXVIII along with collegiate bowl games. The Georgia Dome also
hosted several Olympic events in 1996 and is scheduled to host
upcoming NCAA final fours.
In 2006, the Atlanta Falcons and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority announced a $30 million renovation to the Georgia Dome. The project was separated into two stages. The first stage, which took place before the 2007 NFL season, focused on updating the premium seating areas, including the creation of eight 'super-suites' as well as an owners club. In 2008, the exterior of the stadium was repainted from its original color scheme to match the Falcons' team colors, and the stadium's original teal seats were replaced with red seats in the 100 and 300 levels and black seats in the Verizon Wireless Club Level (200 Level). The entrance gates and concourses were also renovated and updated before the 2008 football season. Additionally, in 2009 the 2 video screens in both endzones have been widened considerably to enhance views of replays.