Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sunday Stadium Review - Falcons

Atlanta Falcons

Name of Stadium: Georgia Dome
Capacity: 71,228
Game Attended: versus Saints in November 2012 with Jordan
Worked a game at this stadium? No. 

After a week of meetings in Atlanta, my brother, Jordan, drove down to join me at the Thursday night game two weeks ago.  Our friend, Alisha, showed us around downtown Atlanta and went to dinner with us at Atlantic Station prior to the game.  This is a great little area not too far from the stadium.  It was decorated for Christmas!

Pretty Tree!

We ate at the Cheesecake Bistro just behind the sleigh.  It was very good.  I had some chicken wings and a delicious piece of cheesecake.

Huge wings...and good, too!
I love dessert :)

Then we headed into the traffic near the stadium.  What a mess!  We finally found parking and headed over to the stadium where we stood in line amusement park style prior to being security wanded and entering the stadium.  It was quite the set up.  And like nothing I had ever seen before.

A little dark, but this is the outside of the dome.

NEVER seen this before at an NFL game...very different!
getting wanded...too funny!

We barely made it to our seats in time for kickoff!  We were sitting in the upper level, but the seats weren't bad at all.  It was pretty warm inside the dome and the fans were intense!  It was a division rivalry game with the Saints and the Falcons have only lost one game at this point in the year so I'm not sure if that was what had them so riled up or not, but they were loud and proud!

One of the most exciting features of this game was a halftime mini-concert by Ludacris!  He is ATL proud, too!  It was probably the most exciting halftime I have ever seen at a regular season game.

He's on the left side of the stage.  Not sure why the blinding red light was necessary, but definitely didn't help my picture cause!

After the mini-concert, Jordan and I headed out to the concourse in search of our game souvenirs.  He always gets a shot glass and I get a pin.  Luckily, they had both in stock!  However, we circled nearly the entire concourse before we found a little shop.  One thing I disliked about the stadium was that it was not a team owned facility.  This results in a lack of branding and control over the concourse.  I definitely prefer team-owned stadiums.  The concourse also had the feel of a county fair.  They were selling cotton candy and funnel cakes and people were hanging out.  It was interesting.  Wish I had taken some pictures of that area, but I didn't.

Overall, the game and crowd were quite exciting, but the venue was lacking in a lot of ways. We had a great time!  Always fun to spend some quality time with my little brother!!

Andrea :)

1 comment:

  1. Love the tree and it looks like you had a great time! Your blog is adorable and I am now following you!

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