The 71,250-seat Dome -- which was the site of high school football state championships, Peach Bowls, SEC championship games, two Super Bowls, 1996 Olympic basketball, three Final Four NCAA basketball tournaments, concerts, pro wrestling and other events -- has been replaced by the $1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium next door.
It will be cleaned up and repurposed into a talgating space for Mercedes-Benz Stadium that "will feature unique arts, entertainment and cultural experiences that will bring together local residents, as well as events honoring veterans and active members of the military."
A 5-story tall industrial strength curtain between the two stadiums was set up to protect the new venue from damage, officials said.
In addition to the retractable roof that opens like a camera lens, Mercedes-Benz Stadium boasts a 1,100-foot "halo board" video display and a giant steel sculpture of a falcon with its 70-foot wingspan at one of the main entrances.
Several streets and parts of Atlanta's transit system were closed, police said, as many of the city's residents watched the blast against the early morning sky.
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