Georgia Dome implosion set for Monday

Ruben Hill
November 20, 2017

By Monday afternoon, the Georgia Dome will be reduced to rubble.

The Atlanta Falcons moved into a new home this season with Mercedes-Benz Stadium opening its doors in August, but that left the 71,000-seat Georgia Dome uninhabited next door.

It will take only 12 seconds for the 4,800 pounds of explosives and six miles of detonating cord to bring the structure down, according to WSB-TV. A five story high industrial strength curtain erected between the stadiums is created to prevent damage to the new building.

Implosion of the Falcons' old home is set for 7 a.m. ET on Monday morning and will be streamed live on the team's Facebook page.

Several streets and parts of the transit system in Atlanta will shut down Monday for a historic blast.

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.

It 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. Two MARTA stations close to the Georgia Dome are also closed, and trains are not running west from the Five Points station until later in the day.

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