As the Falcons rolled to a rather easy win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, the moment was bittersweet for fans of the Georgia Dome and those opposed to the building of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Twenty-four years after opening, the Dome is getting set to close in the next few months as Arthur Blank and the Falcons build the new palace next door.
The Dome opened as a permanent home for the Falcons, who were at the time sharing Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium with the Braves. The Braves were keeping most of the revenue from the stadium and then-Falcons owner Rankin Smith threatened to move if they did not get a new stadium (something San Diego is currently dealing with the fallout of). The Dome was completed at a cost of approximately $210 million (or $357 million in 2016 dollars) – a far cry from the estimated $1.5 billion for the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
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