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Re: Final Countdown for Georgia Dome

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Re: Final Countdown for Georgia Dome

It will be sad to see it go. I remember my first year there in 2005 as a rookie mentor. We didn't do very well there that year, but I left understanding why I decided to mentor. It was definitely more than the robots.. it was the community. As the years went on we were proud to win the FTC crown in 2008 and then the final FRC championships in Atlanta in 2010. I have so many great memories and I know my students left with a lasting impression each year.
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Re: Final Countdown for Georgia Dome

After the walk from the pits to the field in Houston,1 I was relieved at the relative lack of elevation change in Atlanta. It was a pleasant venue.

However, pleasant isn't how I would describe the process of replacing it. The Georgia Dome was a stadium with plenty of life left—sure, it was hard to use as a marketing vehicle (and admittedly, that's worth something), but it was built to reasonably modern standards, and was not overly hard to maintain (despite the roof issues), nor was it hard to fill with spectators during the short NFL season and occasional special event. But for $700 million in public subsidies, plus $900 million in private funds, the city of Atlanta will now have a stadium of about the same capacity, still separated from Downtown by a cavernous convention centre and literally on the wrong side of the tracks. But at least now it will have a sad excuse for a park beside it.

There's no good plan for the public investment to be recouped, and no reasonable prospect of making the stadium the centre of improved development, except for the proposed hotel on site. Nobody wants to move in beside a football stadium, because unlike a baseball stadium, nothing happens there most of the year. What's more, with the bowl seating and tiny orifice of a retractable roof, the sights and sounds of the game aren't going to get out and enhance the streetscape anyway.

And for those who already live in the area—predominantly low-income households—they don't get a damned thing in return. The park, sponsored prominently by Home Depot, is actually conceived as a parking lot for tailgaters, and will look like a muddy mess when they're through with it. You simply can't make that space usefully available as a community park when it's going to have hundreds of cars tearing it up every couple of weeks.

It's the worst kind of regulatory capture, when the governing bodies with jurisdiction are so star-struck by the prospect of their team getting something shiny and new, that they abandon all sense of public fiscal responsibility in the vain hope that it will bring Atlanta a championship.

1 The first time in Houston, meaning the pits were in the bottom of the Astrodome, and the fields were several storeys above on the floor of Reliant Stadium.
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Re: Final Countdown for Georgia Dome

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The after champs party from 2010...
I love seeing pictures of our team from years ago. That was our first HoF trip to CMP, I can only imagine how hyped those kids were.
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Georgia Dome no more

For those that were around when the Georgia Dome was the glory of the FIRST Championship.... as of 7:30 this morning, it is gone:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpFBX4fS930
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Re: Georgia Dome no more

So many memories in that place....I remember the first time we played in Atlanta there were still only 4 divisions!

Some things come to mind from that time period:
The first time we played with bumpers
The first time we played modern 3v3 alliances

Good memories in Atlanta!
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Re: Georgia Dome no more

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For those that were around when the Georgia Dome was the glory of the FIRST Championship.... as of 7:30 this morning, it is gone:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpFBX4fS930
Maybe one day we can come back and play in the Falcon's new home.
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Re: Georgia Dome no more

Something about that video makes the dome look a lot smaller than I remember it being.

Panorama for dramatic effect:
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Re: Final Countdown for Georgia Dome

Over the 7 years that FIRST was in the Georgia Dome, I experienced some of my very worst and very best moments. I also had the great honor of sharing those moments with so many great colleagues, friends, and family.

If you were there for all seven years then you spent 21 days (or more) of your precious life in that building. And even more time thinking about it.

How could you not feel something at its passing?

LONG LIVE THE GEORGIA DOME!!!
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Something about that video makes the dome look a lot smaller than I remember it being.

Panorama for dramatic effect:
When did they change the seats from that teal color too red?
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When did they change the seats from that teal color too red?
According to Wikipedia, 2008.
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In 2008, the exterior of the stadium was repainted, replacing the original teal and maroon color scheme with a red, black, and silver theme to match the Falcons' team colors; the stadium's original teal seats were replaced with red seats in the lower and upper levels and black seats in the middle level.
Regarding the demolition, winning the FRC championship in 2010, the last year it was held in Atlanta, was a highlight of my FIRST experience. I have lots of photos from the floor of the dome!
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Re: Final Countdown for Georgia Dome

I've merged two threads on the topic of the Georgia Dome.
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The after champs party from 2010...
Wow, this picture bring back some great memories, more so than the others, for some reason
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Wow, this picture bring back some great memories, more so than the others, for some reason
Found this on YouTube because I got all nostalgic too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQar-XN-g-c

"Goodbye Atlanta" @ 0:36
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End of an era.

No chance of a return to the Georgia Dome

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