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Photos: Georgia Dome prepped for next week’s implosion

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Next Monday, demolition crews will bring an explosive end to the Dome’s 25-year run.

A tall fabric wall, strung between telephone poles, being built in the 30-foot gulf between the two stadiums.
Blast protection being erected between the Georgia Dome and Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a tall fabric wall, strung between telephone poles.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Less than one week stands between the Georgia Dome and its explosive demise.

At 7:30 a.m. next Monday, demolition crews will push the plunger on the 25-year-old stadium, sealing its place in Atlanta history.

In its time, the Dome hosted countless events—including two Super Bowls—and joined a long line of memorable stadiums to house Atlanta’s teams.

The demolition will require numerous road closures and the suspension of MARTA service on the Green and B

Around the building, sections of panels have been peeled away to reveal the ramps that once moved visitors around the building.

lue lines all morning Monday.

Once the Dome is demoed and trucked away, expect the “Home Depot Backyard” and a new hotel to rise on the site.

But before that happens, we headed over to document the stadium in its final days on earth.

In preparation for the implosion, crews have been working for months to remove items from the building, carve out places for the charges, and protect surrounding properties. Check out how things are taking shape:

From near Philips Arena, there’s little indication of the impending implosion, save for little chunks missing from the stadium’s parapet.
Photos: Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta
The Dome, next to its successor.
A closeup of where charges will likely be placed along the roofline, wrapped in protective fabric and chain link.
A fabric screen is being built between the Dome and Mercedes-Benz Stadium to protect the Falcons’ new home from flying debris.
With MARTA’s Blue and Green lines running between the stadiums, the task of not damaging the Dome’s surroundings is made more complicated.
Many of the windows facing Northside Drive have been removed.
Inside, the former concourses and escalators have been stripped of their materials.
Around the building, sections of panels have been peeled away to reveal the ramps that once moved visitors around the building.
Black fabric covers windows to keep debris from flying.
The building’s connections to surrounding plazas have been severed, isolating the demolition from the raised structures in the district.
A fisheye view of the north side of the stadium, seen from the GWCC.

State officials are requesting that people watch the demolition on TV, but for those hoping to catch the Dome’s demise in person, it promises to be a sight to see. (The implosion of the State Archives earlier this year was a spectacle.) In any case, be sure to check on road closures and the large exclusion zone before heading out Monday.

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