A Look Behind the Scenes of the Georgia Dome

Touring sports stadiums began as a way to make it up to my husband because we were in a city that was home to a sports team playing an away game.  We live in a smaller city, that despite its size, offers some college sports and this March we will welcome a minor league baseball team to a waterfront stadium.  When we travel, we try to attend as many sporting events as possible but as luck would have it, we always seem to be visiting while the team is playing an away game.  One summer we even had the unfortunate luck of visiting three cities that had baseball teams playing against each other, in the city we had just visited all three times.

When we can’t see the sports team in action, we visit their venue and take a tour.  On our weekend getaway to Atlanta, we realized that our hotel, the Omni at the CNN Center, was just a short walk from the Georgia Dome where the Atlanta Falcons play football.   We were excited to discover that tours of the Georgia Dome were starting back up that morning and we got there just in time for the next tour.  It was also fun to note this close to the Super Bowl that the Georgia Dome is one of the stadiums of Super Bowls past.

The Georgia Dome tour starts with a bird’s eye view of the whole stadium on the Observatory Deck.  This is where the coaches  and officials watch the game in the highest seats in the house.  The roof of the Dome is the world’s largest cable supported roof.  During the tour, visitors get to see  one of the largest press boxes with prime real estate right on the 50 yard line.

One of my favorite parts of the tour was seeing this great art installation made up of helmets from all the different high schools in Georgia.

Visitors get a look at the suites but unfortunately for us, they had just finished a Monster Jam event so the suites were sealed up tight with plastic so as not to let any dirt in.  We weren’t able to view the suites because they had not finished cleaning up the dirt.  One thing that was interesting to note is that the Georgia Dome has their own dirt pile that they house throughout the year and bring into the Dome for events like motorcross or truck jams.

We got a sneak peek of the lounges that we could only dream about visiting during a game.  When we finished sitting in the bright red comfy chairs in the lounge, we were taken to the lower level where visitors get a great view of the field.  These would be great seats to watch the game.  If you aren’t sitting in your seat during part of the game, don’t fret because there are televisions everywhere…even in the elevators!

After visiting the lower level, we headed to the part that we were waiting for-the locker room and field!  The locker room was much cleaner than I had anticipated.  The locker room certainly didn’t look like some of the high school locker rooms I have been in!  The kids got to see where the players hang their jerseys and get ready for the game.

Unfortunately for my daughter, the cheerleaders’ locker room was locked up tight but we did get to see it before we got to walk out on the field.

Before you go, be sure to read my tips for touring a stadium with children.

Things to Know Before You Go:

  • The Georgia Dome offers tours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in between ten and 2.  The tours typically leave every hour on the hour.
  • The tour cost is $6 for adults, $5 for college students, seniors and military personnel with valid IDS, and $4 for children.
  • The Georgia Dome accepts both cash and credit card.  You pay when you arrive for the tour.
  • Tours are not available on all scheduled days so call ahead of time.  Tours are also unavailable on event days.
  • You do not need a reservation to take the tour but I recommend you call ahead of time to confirm the tours are being conducted that day.
  • For more information or to check and see if tours are being given on a certain day, call 404.223.8687.

 

Comments

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    I so feel for your husband with the sporting teams always being away. That happened to us so many times in a row that I won’t book a trip now until I’ve checked the home team schedules. We actually switched a trip from Los Angeles to Phoenix once because none of the LA teams were at home.

    I always thought stadium tours would be pretty boring, but you saw almost every place I’d always want to see. I’m going to have to get in on a few of these as soon as possible. Thanks for the idea (although my wife might want a word with you).