MIAMI – The 25-year-old Georgia Dome in Atlanta, the venue for three sports during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, the 1994 and 2000 Super Bowls, and the 2002, 2007 and 2013 NCAA college basketball Final Four, was imploded on Monday.
The Georgia Dome, the only US sports arena to host these three top athletic events, was the scene of the basketball and handball finals, and all the gymnastics competition during the 1996 Atlanta Games.
The multi-sports venue, to be replaced by the adjacent Mercedes-Benz Stadium, was demolished in a 15-second blast of 2.2 tons of explosives, which tore down most of structure, except for some portions that remained standing.
Morgan Smith-William, spokeswoman for the Georgia World Congress Center, said the charges in those areas either did not explode or the blast was “not strong enough.”
Demolition experts inspected the structures that are still standing.
The clean-up work is expected to take about three months and the site will then be used for a hotel, parking lot and green areas.
Construction of the Georgia Dome began in November 1989 and the facility opened three years later as the world’s largest covered stadium.
Over a quarter of a century, the Georgia Dome welcomed more than 30 million visitors, was the venue for 1,400 sports events, including the annual Peach Bowl college football game.
The Georgia Dome was also the home arena of the National Basketball Association’s Atlanta Hawks during the construction of Philips Arena and was the home of the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons, who now play at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.