Now that it's November, all eyes in Atlanta are turning to the upcoming implosion of the Georgia Dome, scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Monday, November 20. Thanks to our friends at the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, here's what you need to know about the event:
GWCCA + WSB-TV
Because of the remarkable amount of interest in this event, the GWCCA has partnered with local news outlet WSB-TV to broadcast the event to as many viewers as possible. Coverage begins at 6:30 a.m.
There will not be a public viewing area, so we recommend you tune in!
The implosion will take about 12 seconds - it's quite fast!
According to the GWCCA, to ensure safety, certain routes will be closed from 5:30AM- 11:00AM. Those include:
- Andrew Young International Blvd, from Phillips Dr, to Centennial Pkwy NW
- Phillips Dr from Centennial Pkwy NW to Andrew Young International Blvd NW
- Magnum St NW from MLK Jr Dr to Marietta St NW
- Northside Dr from MLK Dr NW to Joseph E Boone Blvd NW
- Maple St NW from MLK Dr NW to Northside Dr NW
- Electric Ave NW from Maple St NW to Spencer St NW
- Postell St NW from Maple St NW to Rhodes St NW
- Rhodes St NW from Electric Ave NW to Northside Dr NW
- Magnolia St NW from Electric St NW to Northside Dr NW
- Thurmond St NW from Electric Ave NW to Northside DR NW
Once the Georgia Dome is imploded, assessment and street opening will begin. Traffic control is designed to be opened in stages. Several factors can affect how quickly streets are reopened including, wind, dust and debris discharge. Police officers will be stationed to minimize traffic impact and to ensure a safe implosion.
Cleanup and Redevelopment
Cleaning up the implosion site will take around 3 months, and 97% of the materials will be recycled. The site of the Dome will eventually be redeveloped to include The Home Depot Backyard, a parking deck, and a hotel.
For a complete list of FAQs, visit the Dome's website.