When Georgia Tech traveled out east for last year’s edition of Clean, Old Fashioned Hate the Yellow Jackets returned home with a victory after staging a fourth quarter comeback. Losing to Georgia Tech did not sit well with that school out east, supposedly leading several players to turn down NFL riches for a chance to avenge their hedges. In an attempt to prevent another loss to Georgia Tech, that team out east has been devoting a segment of practice every week to stopping the Yellow Jackets’ unique rushing attack. The team out east hopes that this additional practice time helped to keep Tech’s offense at the front of players minds heading into this year’s game, where the Yellow Jackets will try and make it two straight wins. We’ll have to wait until Saturday to see if their plan works or if they lose to Georgia Tech again.
Early Monday morning, Atlanta said goodbye to a stadium that had been part of the sporting fabric of the city for 25 years when the Georgia Dome was imploded. If you haven’t seen videos by now, I recommend taking a look around the internet as stadium implosions are always pretty impressive feats of engineering. Georgia Tech and the Dome intersected on many occasions over the years. Alumnus John Aderhold played a key role in the Dome’s development as the chairman of the Georgia World Congress Center when the deal for the Dome was finalized.
Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball team was part of the first college basketball game in the Dome, an 87-85 victory over Louisville as part of the 1992 Kuppenheimer Classic. Tech played at least one basketball game in the dome every season between 1992 and 1999, with the stadium serving as Tech’s home court for a few games during the 1995 renovations of Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Between those games and the 2001 and 2009 ACC Tournaments, the Yellow Jackets’ basketball team had a 9-6 record in the Georgia Dome. The football team did not fare quite as well, playing just two games in the Stadium: the 2000 Peach Bowl and the 2008 Chic-Fil-A Bowl, both losses to LSU.
Between the Falcons, the Olympics, SEC Championship Games, ACC Basketball Tournaments, NCAA Basketball Tournaments, Georgia Tech graduations, Georgia State football, and countless other events, the Georgia Dome held a lot of special memories for many in the Atlanta area. While the new Mercedes-Benz Dome is perhaps the most state of the art stadium in existence, it’s a little sad seeing the Dome disappear from the Atlanta skyline.
What’s your favorite Georgia Dome memory?