A feasibility study by global design firm Populous has proposed the installation of a retractable roof on the renovation of Georgia Dome stadium run by the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC)in Atlanta, Georgia.
The GWCC is a multipurpose sports and entertainment complex including the Georgia Dome and Centennial Olympic Park. The officials have been considering different options to make the 18-year old Georgia Dome a viable venue to host concerts and indoor events.
The GWCC commissioned Kansas City-based Populous to conduct a study to find out the viability of renovating Georgia Dome. The study has proposed that it is feasible to renovate the current 1.6 million square feet stadium. According to the study, the current stadium could be expanded to slightly more than 1.8 million square feet, offer twice the current number of club seats and add more parking spaces to the current capacity of 5,500. Populous has released its renderings of how the dome could be renovated to feature a retractable roof, which will cost an estimated $200 million.
The officials have been in talks about alternatives ranging from modifications to the Dome to a retractable-roof or open-air stadium.
Georgia Dome has been the home stadium for the Atlanta Falcons football team since 1992, and is owned and operated by the State of Georgia as part of the Georgia World Congress Center. It was the largest domed structure in the world until 1999, when the Millennium Dome in London was completed.