Opened 1972, demolished 1997 -- Really now, did anyone in Atlanta ever call it by its true name, 'The Omni Coliseum,' aside from the TV announcers who pitched a myriad of concerts, pro wrestling events and basketball or hockey games for the place? To the generations of Atlantans who clocked time waiting in line for coveted concert tickets, the Omni was both punchline of a thousand jokes about poor sound and lighting (not to mention its rust-bucket exterior and a roof design that only Waffle House could love) -- and yet, when your favorite band came to town for a sellout show, having entrée to the Omni by ticket made you feel like a million bucks. The Grateful Dead, Madonna, R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Prince, Van Halen, U2, Pink Floyd -- they're just a few of the folks who kept us on the edge of those red, yellow and orange seats with the weirdly angled sight lines inside the place whenever they hit the stage. We bemoaned decades of Hawks losses, cheered for 'Nique's high-flying theatrics, learned to love two hockey teams (the NHL's Flames and the IHL's Knights) before losing both, and shamelessly sweated out the results of Georgia Championship Wrestling, WCW and the old WWE. In the '70s, Atlanta children had a groovy time at The World of Sid and Marty Krofft Theme Park at the hotel/entertainment Omni International complex adjoining the arena while the town took heartily to the ice skating rink on the main floor of what is now CNN Center. Philips Arena now hosts our favorite bands as well as the Hawks, but all kidding aside, now that the Omni is gone we kind of miss the old barn. A little.