14 Fun Facts About The Georgia Dome

Though it didn’t last long, the Georgia Dome hosted a number of important events. Here is a look at some of the more interesting info and fun facts about the Georgia Dome.

-When opened in 1992, the Georgia Dome was the largest domed structure in the entire world. This lasted until 1999 when the Millennium Dome in London was opened.

-Though mainly known as a football venue, from 1997 to 1999, the Georgia Dome was actually the home court for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.

-Super Bowl XXVIII in 1994 and Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000 were both held in the Georgia Dome.

-Georgia State University was established in 1913 but would not have a football team until 2010. That first year saw them become the first college football regular season tenants of the Georgia Dome despite it having previously hosted numerous college football bowl games.

-A tornado ripped two holes in the roof material of the Georgia Dome in 2008 during the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament.

-In 2006, due to damage done by Hurricane Katrina to the Louisiana Superdome, the Georgia Dome became the only place outside of New Orleans to ever host the Sugar Bowl.

-The Georgia Dome hosted the Final Four for the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship in both 2002 and 2007.

-The Georgia Dome was finished in 1992 and the total price tag was $214 million dollars.

-The Georgia Dome hosted some Olympic events during the 1996 Summer Olympics including basketball, gymnastics, and handball.

-The most people ever in attendance of an event there was the 75,892 fans that showed up for the 2008 SEC Championship Game.

-Wrestling fans packed the Georgia Dome in 2011 as it hosted Wrestlemania XXVII which featured the dramatic return of The Rock.

-Necessary Roughness is a one hour sports drama that appears on the USA Network. Shots of both the interior and exterior of the Georgia Dome are used in the show as the setting of the fictional home team’s home stadium.

-There are two large video screens on the outside of the stadium right along Northside Drive. They are used for promotional purposes, often advertising upcoming events. These were actually the original video screens inside the dome when it first opened and they were replaced in 2009.

-Upon completion of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium next door, the Georgia Dome will be demolished in 2017 to make way for stadium parking.

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