The Georgia Dome was home to many major sporting events in Atlanta history. From 1992 to 2016 it was where the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL played. Before that, it was home to the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA, and before that it housed the NCAA Peach Bowl from 1993 to 2016.
The building was slated for demolition earlier this week, as the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium was ready to take over hosting events. It was a sad day for Georgia sports fans to watch the Dome go down, but everyone knew it was time.
“It’s going to be a sad day,” said Ken Jefferson, who worked at the Dome from its opening through its closing. “To me, it’s been like watching a loved one die.”
Because it was such a big event in the city's history, the Weather Channel chose to set up a camera to record the demolition. It's not every day that you get to see a building this size be blown up, and people were excited for the opportunity.
The demolition was estimated to last about 12 seconds, and the Weather Channel was set to capture all of them. What they weren't anticipating, however, was the bus schedule.