Georgia Dome, the former home of NFL American football team the Atlanta Falcons, was today (Monday) imploded – 25 years after it opened.
The stadium served as the home of the Falcons from 1992 to 2016, with the team now playing at the recently-opened, state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Demolition of the Georgia Dome took just 15 seconds, with nearly 5,000 pounds of explosives having been used to carry out the implosion, according to the Associated Press news agency. The demolition took place at 7:30am local time.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened in September, is located less than 30 yards from the Georgia Dome and the AP noted that a five-story-high, industrial-strength curtain was used to prevent the new facility from being damaged.
The Georgia Dome had a capacity of 71,000 for American football matches, the same as Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which also serves as the home of Major League Soccer team Atlanta United.
The Georgia Dome was also used to host gymnastics, handball and basketball events during Atlanta’s staging of the 1996 summer Olympic Games.