- Becca J. G. Godwin The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
When the Georgia Dome implosion happens soon, a physical piece of Atlanta history will be gone forever. Many locals, die-hard sports fans and people who simply love implosions will feel compelled to see the moment the massive Atlanta stadium is torn down.
The Dome is slated for demolition at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 20 — a Monday morning. Here are a few ways you can witness the event.
This won’t be popular, but it’ll be tough to see the implosion happen up close. There will not be a public viewing area, and Georgia World Congress Center Authority officials are asking everyone to keep the roads around the campus as clear as possible.
“Detour routes around the 220-acre campus will reroute traffic ... out of viewable range,” Frank Poe, executive director of the GWCCA, said in a recent news release.
As Poe said, the restricted zone — which includes major intersections, residential roads and two MARTA stations — will block access to most good views of the Dome. But if you still want to try and get a glimpse, your best bet may be finding a spot in the neighborhood behind the Vine City MARTA station.
Just outside of the restricted zone, there are a couple grassy areas that provide limited views of the Dome. Try the west side of Electric Avenue, where it intersects with Spencer Street or Maple Street.
Or you could try the sidewalk across from Phillips Arena, but get there extra early to find parking — getting there may require a trek from your car.
Road closings will begin at 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 20. See which ones to avoid here.
You read that right. All three levels, 71 through 73, will be open for viewing.
Doors open at 6:45 a.m., and complimentary pastries and coffee will be served to attendees — though caffeine may not be needed after watching the implosion.
Admittance is $50 per person, and reservations must be made in advance by calling 404-589-7506. However, reservations don’t reserve a select viewing spot.
But if you’d like to ensure a private view, you could always book a Westin room with a view of the stadium.
The Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center — despite also being very close — does not have any rooms with a direct view of the Dome, according to a spokeswoman.
Maybe you’d like to watch the action from the comfort of your own home or office.
In that case, the GWCCA has partnered with Channel 2 Action News for a live broadcast of the implosion. WSB-TV’s live coverage of the implosion will appear on its website, Facebook page, news app, YouTube channel and the WSB-TV app available on Roku, AppleTV and Amazon Fire.
Mammal Gallery plans to “celebrate the last few hours of (the Dome’s) existence” with an overnight event that goes from 10 p.m. until 6:30 a.m., at which point everyone will walk to the Dome and watch the demolition, according to the Facebook event page for “Dome: A tribute to the GA Dome through sensory excess.”
Donations are suggested and guests should bring pillows and blankets for the evening, which will consist of “studies in each of the five senses,” the gallery says. An exact viewing spot has not been announced.