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This week’s implosion of the Georgia Dome rounds out what has been a historic year for Atlanta sports.

2017 will go down as the year when the Falcons logged the most embarrassing loss in Super Bowl history; the Falcons and the Atlanta Braves opened new stadiums; and Atlantans embraced the city’s first Major League Soccer club.

The man behind almost all of this is Arthur Blank.

New $1.6B Mercedes-Benz Stadium Rises; Georgia Dome To Be Destroyed

Nov 17, 2017
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The Dome wasn't built in a day, but it will be demolished in a flash on Monday morning.

Courtesy of the Atlanta Falcons, GPB will have a live stream of the implosion beginning at 7:00 a.m., Monday, Nov. 20. We will also have an on-demand video of the demolition available shortly after the event in case you miss the live broadcast.

Check out gpb.org/dome for our complete coverage of the Georgia Dome demolition.

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In its first season, Atlanta United FC broke MLS attendance records and made the playoffs. The team plays its first postseason game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Thursday night against the Columbus Crew. We talked with AU President Darren Eales about Georgia’s growing passion for what the rest of the world calls football.

MLS All-Star Game Headed To Atlanta in 2018

Oct 24, 2017
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Atlanta's new stadium has landed another big event.

Major League Soccer announced Monday that its 2018 All-Star Game will be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, one day after Atlanta United set records for single-game and season attendance.

"We're honored," United owner Arthur Blank said at a news conference attended by MLS Commissioner Don Garber. "We will not let you down."

Mercedes-Benz Stadium already landed the College Football Playoff championship game, which will be held in January, as well as the 2019 Super Bowl and the men's basketball Final Four in 2020.

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Fans at the first big concert at Atlanta's gleaming new sports arena say a screeching sound made it impossible to hear country music star Garth Brooks' lyrics — even though they knew all the words to his songs.

Some fans left Thursday night's show early, WSB-TV reported . Others are asking for refunds.

Stadium officials are looking into sound quality in sections of the upper concourse, Mercedes-Benz Stadium said in a statement late Thursday. A breaker that powered speakers was tripped for "a small amount of time," it said.

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After three years of work, Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium is finally nearing completion.

The $1.6 billion facility will serve as the permanent home for two Georgia pro teams: the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer's Atlanta United.

 

Atlanta Stadium Official Says New Facility Ready In 3 Months

Apr 26, 2017
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Workers are racing to complete Atlanta's new $1.5 billion stadium project in the next three months after ongoing roof issues have delayed the facility's opening.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium general manager Scott Jenkins told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the building is 90 percent done, and "is looking great."

The biggest holdup has been construction of the roof. Jenkins said the challenge with the roof has been installing the eight steel petals that would enable it to retract and open like a camera lens.

Roof Construction Delays Mercedes-Benz Stadium Opening

Apr 18, 2017
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The planned opening of the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium has been delayed by ongoing roof construction.

Steve Cannon, the CEO of Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank's businesses, said Tuesday the delay is a "timeline" issue. He insisted there is no concern about how the roof will work.

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Atlanta will host its first Super Bowl since 1998 in 2019. The game will be played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is slated to open by the start of the 2017 NFL season. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank sees his multi-billion dollar project as a way to raise Atlanta’s international profile and boost the surrounding community.

We speak with Arthur Blank about the new stadium and his thoughts on Super Bowl LIII.

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Atlanta is currently constructing two new stadiums, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta and SunTrust Field in Cobb County. Although the allure of a shiny new building is exciting for some, others are growing tired of the sacrifices Atlanta is making to create these billion dollar projects.

GPB's own Don Smith adds another installment to our "Gripe Bag" series and vents his frustration about Atlanta's fascination with athletic structures. 

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Imagine living on a street where four out of 10 homes are vacant, nearly half of your neighbors live below the poverty line and a quarter don’t go to a job every day.

That place exists only two miles from downtown Atlanta, despite more than $100 million spent to revitalize the area since the 1990s.

Vine City and English Avenue were poised for a turnaround when the Georgia Dome, home of the Atlanta Falcons, opened in 1992.