Thursday 22 August 2019

Watch Georgia Dome implode in just 15 seconds after 25 years of use

It is being replaced by the Mercedes-Benz Stadium next door.

Georgia Dome.
Georgia Dome.

By PA Reporters

The Georgia Dome – one of the US’s largest domed stadiums – has been reduced to rubble in Atlanta.

The dome, which was the former home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, was imploded with nearly 5,000lbs (2,270 kg) of explosives on Monday morning.

It is being replaced by the 1.6 billion US dollars (£1.2bn) Mercedes-Benz Stadium next door.

The dome was also the site of two Super Bowls, 1996 Olympic Games events and NCAA basketball tournaments among other major events.

The dome was flattened within about 15 seconds in the implosion.

The Georgia World Congress Centre Authority had said it would take 12 seconds for the explosives to detonate plus another three seconds for sections of grandstands to hit the ground.

The explosives went off in a spiral around the stadium as it collapsed on itself.

A vast debris cloud hovered over the site before slowly drifting across downtown.

Some of those who watched the demolition – including wrestlers Cody Rhodes and Hulk Hogan – were sad to see the dome, which has been there since 1992, reduced to dust.

The 13-acre site will become a green space known as The Home Depot Backyard and be used as parking and tailgating areas on game days for the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United of MLS.

Once complete, it is expected to serve as a community space on non-game days throughout the year.

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