The Georgia Dome is home of the Atlanta Falcons NFL team. as well as the NCAA Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl game. The Dome, which was completed in 1992, cost $214 million dollars and is owned and operated by the State of Georgia. The Georgia Dome is one of the largest state-funded construction projects in state history. The stadium has a seating capacity of 71,228 for football matches, and 75,000 for concerts.
The Georgia Dome originally had AstroTurf artificial field surface installed for its football events. In 2003, Arthur Blank funded a state-of-the-art FieldTurf surface upgrade. In 2006, the Atlanta Falcons and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority approved $30 million for stadium renovations. The project was divided into two stages: the first stage updated the premium seating areas, adding eight "super suites;" and the second stage involved painting the stadium to resemble the Atlanta Falcons' team colors.
The Georgia Dome has hosted an array of prestigious events, including Super Bowl XXVIII and Super Bowl XXXIV. The Dome has also hosted the NCAA Final Four Men's Basketball tournament in 2002 and 2007, WCW Monday Nitro and WWE Raw wresting, and the Sugar Bowl (when the Superdome in New Orleans was used for Katrina).
There have been several weather issues that have affected the Georgia Dome. In 1995, three years after its completion, a severe rain storm caused the roof to tear and another section to fall inside the stadium. No one was hurt during the incident, which took place when all the fans had left. On March 14, 2008, a tornado ripped two holes in the roof of the structure during the 2008 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament. The Dome has since been repaired so that these incidents should never recur.
One Georgia Dome Drive, N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30313-1591
The parking lots open to the public are as follows: Orange Lot ($10), Yellow Lot ($8), Green Lot ($8). It is recommended all in attendance should arrive early to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl game to beat the traffic, which is expected to be congested.
The Georgia Dome does not permit the following items in the stadium at any time:
- Bags and large purses
- Glass bottles
- Alcoholic beverages, drugs
- Thermoses, cans, coolers or hard containers
- Whistles, horns or noisemaking devices
- Poles or brooms
- Laser pointers
- Beach balls
- All hard fruits
- Gas-filled balloons
Items that are allowed at the Georgia Dome are as follows:
- Lap-sized televisions and radios (MUST have headphones
- Hand-held banners no larger than 3' x 3'
- Small personal cameras (no video)
Visitors with special dietary or medical requirements may request a letter of approval from the Dome's General Manager. Contact 404.223.9200 at least 72 hours prior to the event for assistance.
Centennial Olympic Park:
265 Park Avenue West NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
This Park was created for the 1996 Olympic Games, and boasts 21 acres of greens, rock gardens, and artwork. The 500,000 commemorative bricks that make up its walkway helped fund the 1996 Summer Games. The ground-level Olympic Rings shoot spouts of water in sync with music and light shows. Free admission.
World of Coca-Cola:
121 Baker Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30313-1807
The World of Coca-Cola is the ultimate Coke fan's paradise. Located just a skip away from Centennial Olympic Park and the Georgia Dome, the World of Coca-Cola has plenty for the entire family to enjoy. Watch a thrilling 4-D movie at the 4-D theater (3-D movie with moving seats), browse the world's largest collection of Coke memorabilia, or enjoy a tasting experience as you sample over 60 different products.
Maxim Prime Restaurant:
110 Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 469-0700
Opened in March 2008, the Maxim Prime Restaurant is operated by the same people who publish Maxim Magazine, meaning totally sexy atmosphere and luxurious views. The Prime offers breakfast, lunch and dinner selections with friendly, quality service. The rooftop dining is absolutely amazing (if you're willing to wait), and the views are astounding. Try their sizzling steaks and delicious cocktails in a private dining room to heat up the experience!
No Mas Cantina:
180 Walker St
Atlanta, GA 30313
Phone: (404) 574-5678
Truly a one-of-a kind dining experience, No Mas Cantina is a restaurant odyssey. The place is filled with trinkets, antiques and has an impressive, festive porch. Everything in the restaurant is for sale, from margarita pitchers to the handmade woven baskets. The food matches the atmosphere, with a unique flavor that reaches beyond the typical Tex-Mex cuisine. Grilled shrimp skewered on sugar cane, and corn-stuffed masa-cake and sweet fried plantains tell you that this isn't your typical Tex-Mex café. Oh, and the drinks are killer.
300 Marietta St
Atlanta, GA 30313
Phone: (404) 885-1472
This revolutionary bar gives beer drinkers the option to refill whenever they desire. The Table Tap is a pour-your-won contraption allowing beer drinkers at their table, virtually eliminating the wait. There are plenty of HD televisions and sports tickers, yet the brick walls and wrap booths give this spot a true pub feel. The rooftop bar is also a treat, so don't miss the opportunity to have your drink up top. The food is more high-end than typical pubs, so chow down on some beefy steaks and chops and wash it down with a brew.
257 Peters St
Atlanta, GA 30313
Phone: (404) 523-1555
M Bar is the perfect hot spot for after work (or after game) socializing. Flat screens line the luxurious interior, flashing images from around the world. The glass bar is sleek and elegant, the cocktails are tremendous. When local celebs show up for a nightcap, the back bar doubles as a VIP lounge with white couches and cozy, candle-lit tables. The sleek décor of the lounge is a nice break from the traditional tavern, and cool jazz and DJ doses are audible throughout the week.