One of America's largest domed stadiums was imploded this morning as nearly 5,000 pounds of explosives blasted the Georgia Dome to smithereens.
The 71,250-seat dome -- which was the site of high school football state championships, Peach Bowls, SEC championship games, two Super Bowls, 1996 Olympic basketball, three Final Four NCAA basketball tournaments, concerts, pro wrestling and other events -- has been replaced by the $1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium next door.
From 1992-2017 the Dome hosted over 39 million fans at over 1400 events that meant over $7.4 BILLION in economic impact to the State of Ga— Georgia Dome (@GeorgiaDome) March 6, 2017
The new stadium is home to the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, who were former tenants at the Georgia Dome, and Major League Soccer's Atlanta United.
In addition to the retractable roof that opens like a camera lens, Mercedes-Benz Stadium boasts a 1,100-foot "halo board" video display and a giant steel sculpture of a falcon with its 70-foot wingspan at one of the main entrances.