Both new visitors to the Atlanta area and long-time residents can experience the excitement of heading out to the stadium to watch an NFL football game. You can taste the popcorn, hotdogs, and soda long before arriving. In the heart of Georgia, we are referring to the Georgia Dome, a NFL football stadium on the northwest side of downtown Atlanta.
During home games in the midst of football season you will find the stadium filled to capacity with 71,250 fans. Home team fans are here to watch their favorites—the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL or the Georgia State University Panthers of NCAA football. The Georgia Dome has the same seating arrangement for both teams, but both face value and market prices of tickets vary with team and opponent.
The atmosphere of the Georiga Dome makes it even more exciting to watch live football. Even new fans will appreciate seeing the Atlanta Falcons in affable combat with the rival team. You might just hear head coach Mike Smith before you see him. And, what do you do when you feel allegiance to both teams?
The dedicated fan can always pick sides. The Falcons have a solid bank of fans lining the bleachers (which, by the way, is key in a decision to build a new stadium—possibly called the New Falcons Stadium—just south of the Georgia Dome; groundbreaking due in 2014, with completion in 2017). The Falcons won division championships in 1980, 1988, 2004, 2010, and 2012. Their claim to the Super Bowl took place in 1998?s Super Bowl XXXIII. Their spring training grounds are about 40 miles northeast of Atlanta, close to Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River by the city of Flowery Branch. If the rumor mill feeds your spirit, check out the many local bars and restaurants and strike up a conversation with anyone sporting the red and black colors of the Falcons.
Did you think that only a few player trades take place each season? Guess again. Between August 9th and September 17th, in the neighborhood of 15 players were waived, while a comparable number were signed by the Atlanta Falcons. New players create a constant atmosphere of change within the team and the stadium as fans are always on the lookout for the new additions.
Foodies will never run out of delights as the options rival those of a thriving city. Scratching the surface finds a wide variety of places offering BBQ, steaks, burgers, pizza, Mexican, chili, funnel cakes, pasta, and wine and specialty beers and cocktails, alongside tantalizing sweets. Bottomless Souvenir Popcorn, and Soda, are favorites not to overlook. Did I mention vegetarian and gluten free?
Georgia Dome is located next to the Georgia World Congress Center and the CNN center. You can drive to One Georgia Dome Drive, but the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has made it convenient to get there with two stations near the Dome. Getting to the Dome: . The Dome offers ample parking, with the tailgate party crowd allowed a five hour head-start prior to Falcon games.
Being part of the passionate crowds, along with all the tasty offerings, brings a smile to all who attend. Don’t wait! Visit the Georgia Dome to watch a football game as soon as you find yourself in the Atlanta area.
By Nolan Kido
This article was written by Nolan Kido. Nolan is a sports fan who lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.