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Located Vine City and East Atlanta is the home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, the Georgia Dome. The stadium is owned by the State of Georgia as a piece of their Georgia World Congress Center authority.
It’s also been the longtime home of College Football’s Peach Bowl since 1992, and the SEC Championship Game since 1994. It’s also featured a number of professional soccer matches since 2009.
The largest domed structure ever created when it was originally opened in 1992 at a cost of $214 million. For football games it seats 74,228 people, but can be expanded for concerts and other applicable events.
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The Georgia Dome was also home to the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks while their current stadium was under construction from 1997 to 1999.
•Opened: September 6, 1992
•Playing Surface: FieldTurf Classic HD
•Location: 1 Georgia Dome Drive Northwest
Atlanta, Georgia 30313-1591
• In 1992 when it opened, the Georgia Dome was the largest domed structure in the world. It’s been topped three times since then, with the current record holder being National Stadium in Singapore, finished in 2015.
• In 1995 after a severe rainstorm hit the area, water broke through the roof and into the stadium. Even during a game, the panels could be seen moving in the wind. The roof’s section didn’t cave in until after fans had left the stadium, but repairs were made before the next game to ensure it wouldn’t happen again.
• It’s been the site of the NCAA Men’s Final Four Basketball Championship in 2002, 2007, and again in 2013, in addition to the regional finals and finals in 2001, 2004, 2006, and 2012.
• It was the home of the 1996 Summer Olympics featuring the basketball games on one half of the facility, while the other half held the artistic gymnastics competitions.
Past and Current Teams
Atlanta Falcons (NFL) (1992–2016)
Georgia State Panthers (NCAA) (2010–2016)
Atlanta Hawks (NBA) (1997–1999)