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Georgia Dome
Right in the heart of Atlanta's greatest sights and attractions is the stunning Georgia Dome. Located between Atlanta's downtown and Vine City to the west, the Georgia Dome is hard to miss. It's 270 ft high, 745 ft long, and 606 ft wide, and takes up 9 acres. The Georgia Dome had the unique distinction of being the largest domed structure in the world until the Millennium Dome was completed in London in 1999. Still, standing in a capacity crowd that's on their feet and shouting at the top of their lungs for their team to go, go, go straight to the goal line won't have you thinking of that dreary old city across the pond.

The stadium can hold a large number of people depending on if the dome is retracted or not, and the event. More than 71,000 can cram into the football games and basketball games can see up to 53,000 with the dome open, and 40,000 when it's closed. But concerts are the real draw, and can seat up to 75,000. Still, the 2008 SEC Championship Game between the Florida Gators and the Alabama Crimson Tide saw an attendance record of 75,892. That's a lot of people in red, orange, and blue!

The stadium was built in 1992, and cost $214 million. Renovations in 2006 ran upwards of $300 million, however, and consisted of installing eight 'super-suites' and an owner's club, repainting the stadium's outer fa├žade to better match the Falcons' team colors, and installing new seating.

The Georgia Dome hosted basketball and gymnastics during the 1996 Summer Olympics, and has hosted Super Bowl's in 1994 and 2000. And it also hosted the NCAA Men's Final Four in 2013, which it had done previously in 2002 and 2007. The stadium also hosts several WWE and WCW wrestling events, bull riding events and championships, monster truck events, and even robotics competitions.

Music is also a big draw at the Georgia Dome, and artists like Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band fill up the stadium fast. And school marching bands really test their chops at the Georgia Dome, with the Drum Corps International Southeaster Championship each summer, and the All Bands of America Southeastern Super Regional each fall.

And if you want to see the Falcons play in the Georgia Dome, you'd better do it soon. Plans are in the works for New Falcons Stadium, a monster-seater will hold up to 75,000 on any given Sunday.

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