The Dome debuted in August of 1992 as the Falcons won a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. MC Hammer performed a pre-game concert (one of the few items the Georgia Dome may have outlived was MC Hammer’s career) and John Denver sang the national anthem. Twenty-five years later, the Georgia Dome secured its place on every “9 short-lived sports venues” list likely put together.
It was a brisk morning in Atlanta, hovering in the 40s, as fans, VIPs and the curious (and one strategically placed MARTA bus) lined up on Ivan Allen Boulevard for some prime outside (and free) viewing of the implosion. Downtown hotel rooms were booked up and picked early.