The AJC reported Tuesday afternoon, that the Georgia Dome, home to the Atlanta Falcons, will be demolished by the Fall of 2017. This will come a few months after the Georgia World Congress Authority has salvaged any possible materials from the site in March.
The Georgia Dome’s former site will be converted into additional parking and tailgating space for the Mercedes-Benz stadium. The space will be converted by early January 2018 as the city prepares to host the College Football Playoff Championship game, according to Atlanta Falcons President and CEO Rich McKay.
In regards to the progress of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and to help east the angst of some Atlanta United supporters, McKay stated:
We would not take down the Dome or even begin to take down the Dome unless we were certain of the completion date. We’re very confident of that (June 1 date) now. If something were to happen along the way before March, we could obviously leave the Dome up. That is not anticipated.
The last planned event at the Georgia Dome will be the Monster Jam on March 10, 2017.
It is sad that such an iconic stadium and one of the cultural hearths of the city will no longer be a part of the city’s skyline but the magnificent structure that replaces it will our home for years to come.