Atlanta's Georgia Dome implodes in seconds after 25 years of games

Posted November 22, 2017

It took just 15 seconds for more than 2,000kg of explosives to reduce the stadium to rubble.

On Monday, the Georgia Dome, an 80,000-capacity stadium that hosted events at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, was demolished in a spectacular controlled implosion.

People gathered at windows of tall office buildings, at a nearby revolving hotel-top restaurant, in parking lots and at other areas around the scene downtown to watch the blast.

It only took 15 seconds for the former home of the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football League, is reduced to dust.

The broadcaster's science editor, James Crugnale, had his stream set for 40 minutes before the first loud boom signalled the beginning of the end for the 25-year-old stadium.

Officials said the demolition site will be cleaned up and replaced with tailgating space for those at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta's main convention center, is also just feet away.

The Georgia Dome began hosting the SEC Championship Game in 1994 and did so through 2016.

It is home to the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. They are already 1-0 in Mercedes-Benz Stadium after beating Florida State there in the season opener this season. "If this is the biggest story, we're really glad about that", Metro Atlanta Regional Transit Authority (MARTA) chief marketing and communications officer Goldie Taylor told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Despite the injury, she stuck the landing, then collapsed and was carried off the mat by her coach, Bela Karolyi.