An aerial view of the Georgia Dome, Georgia World Congress Center & Philips Arena. Officials acknowledged the Dome roof was damaged Friday, but the full extent is still being assessed by a team of structural engineers. IMHO, I think they can be repaired pretty quickly.
GWCC C, level 1 (bottom) is where the pits are usually located for the Championship event. There is water damage in that building from a broken water pipe but does not appear to have the roof damage of buildings A & B. Repairs in the GWCC may take longer. Photo courtesy the AJC.
This (March 14, 2008) is the first tornado in recorded history to strike downtown Atlanta.
From everything we have heard and seen locally, it appears that the downtown hotels suffered primarily broken windows. Of course those rooms with no windows will have water damage. Plywood is temporarily being put in place to protect the inside and glass will very soon replace the wood.
The Atlanta tourism industry, GWCC, GA Dome and hotels can not afford to not bring their facilities back up to normal operations very quickly.
Yeah. You are correct. Wasn’t thinking. I would hope if they arent available FIRST would do something to help those teams who were going to be there. I am down for letting people stay with the team. Don’t know about my mentors though. Or the hotel for that matter.
As a matter of clarification – the pits are in GWCC Building C. Damage in B ought not affect C’s use, though there’s some apparent damage to C, as well. The infamous staircase waterfall was in the Building C lobby.
I was on Wikipedia (which i know is not entirely a reliable source) and in its article on FIRST, it says that because of the effects of Atlanta’s tornado, the 2008 Nationals (Championship) will be held in Las Vegas. It seems pretty unlikely. Do you think this is true?
There’s a pretty good slideshow on Yahoo news here. Some of the damage to the Omni seems pretty extensive in images 16, 23, and 31. I’m sure they would have to replace furniture and carpet, paint, etc. in some of the rooms exposed to high winds and heavy rain. Hopefully everyone in Atlanta recovers quickly!