Officials in Atlanta, Georgia, have revealed that the Georgia Dome, one of several venues used during the US city’s hosting of the 1996 summer Olympic Games, will be demolished In November.
According to Around the Rings, initial plans had scheduled the implosion date for the start of August, but in April officials opted to delay the move due to delays in construction of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The venue will serve as the new home of NFL American football franchise the Atlanta Falcons, but fears over a delayed opening led to the Dome being put forward as temporary base while construction work was completed.
However, officials are now confident that the Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be ready in time for the start of the new NFL season in September and have given approval for implosion work to begin at the Dome.
AMG Group, parent company of the Falcons, said the demolition project at the Dome, which has not hosted an event since March, could start within the next two weeks.
The Dome’s 13-acre site will be developed as a green space, with plans in place to use it as parking and tailgating for the Mercedes-Benz Stadium next door on match days, and as a ‘community space’ when the new venue is not in use.