The second time’s a charm. Crews tried once again to demolish the upper ring of the Pontiac Silverdome on Monday afternoon after Sunday’s failure, and this time they succeeded, or at least made progress.
The demolition of the Pontiac Silverdome is set for 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3. Large crowds of spectators are expected to come out that morning to watch the implosion of the 20-foot steel-band that once held the 80,311-seat stadium’s inflatable roof in place.
The Georgia Dome came down in a ball of dust — but not all of it fell. More than 300 pounds of explosives collapsed the steel in the upper ring and about 4,500 pounds of dynamite intended to crumble the concrete.
In just 12 seconds Monday morning, the Georgia Dome will be reduced to rubble, leaving behind 25 years of memories and a legacy of helping make Atlanta a renowned host of major sports events.
In a ceremony that balanced the glitz that Las Vegas embodies and the tragedy from which it is still recovering, the Oakland Raiders broke ground on a 65,000-seat domed stadium across the freeway from the city’s world-famous casinos.
While the newness of Mercedes-Benz Stadium has just begun to wear off after hosting numerous events and nearly a million visitors over the past few months, some high-profile problems still plague the venue—and it could be more than six months before they’re fixed.
Ongoing repairs to the zinc-paneled exterior of U.S. Bank Stadium remain visible with no hard deadline for completion and the $1.1 billion building’s Super Bowl showcase getting closer by the day.
In theory, an NFL team playing in the intimate confines of a soccer stadium should be an experience like no other. Even the least popular NFL team has a fan base that vastly outpaces what the MLS can even dream of (with the possible exceptions of Seattle and Atlanta, maybe Portland, maybe Toronto).
Levi’s Stadium christened its fourth NFL season Sunday afternoon, and the problems that have plagued the building since its opening in 2014 remain: hot weather, lousy football and empty seats.
The NFL’s Miami Dolphins are taking extra precautions to protect their home turf at Hard Rock Stadium from Hurricane Irma just months after the facility underwent major renovations.