The Georgia Dome, home of WrestleMania XXVII

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April 02, 2011

ATLANTA Tens of thousands of members of the WWE Universe will pack the Georgia Dome Sunday for WrestleMania XXVII.

It’s the first time the world’s largest cable-supported domed stadium will hold The Show of Shows, which will undoubtedly add even more color and excitement to the Georgia Dome’s rich history. For such a massive event, WWE began preparations for WrestleMania XXVII two weeks before showtime. (WATCH)

Inside the Dome

Built in 1992, the Georgia Dome is made of 8,300 tons of reinforced steel and 110,000 cubic yards of concrete. There are 11 miles of supporting cable running across the roof, which is 290 feet high. WWE has added many additional cables for its highly-anticipated, top-secret WrestleMania set.

“Look at all the cables that were strung! I’ve never seen anything like that,” said Jason Kirksey, the Dome’s Communications and Public Relations Specialist.

To prepare for WrestleMania XXVII, WWE’s crew hung also more lights throughout the stadium.

“Extra lighting is an understatement!” Kirksey said.

Pyrotechnical tests are being conducted on a regular basis, and approvals have been made from the Atlanta fire marshal’s office.

“They’ve done enough pyro tests to put on a Fourth of July show,” Kirksey told WWE.com.

The WWE Universe will fill the 102,000 square feet of space on the Georgia Dome’s floor. The area is so big that two C-5 military transport planes could rest there. For WrestleMania, a thick, plastic protective mat will cover the football field turf, with the WWE ring sitting over the Falcons’ logo on the 50-yard line.

There are approximately 200 suites on two levels of the Dome. They range in size, with eight Super Suites which can hold up to 100 people each. These deluxe rooms come complete with bartenders, private chefs and multiple flat-screen HDTVs. The press box will be used as additional VIP suites, and the press will sit below the scoreboard.

None of the WrestleMania action will be missed, even while roaming the Dome’s halls in search of WWE merchandise, because there are more than 800 large HDTVs TVs throughout the entire Dome! Additionally, there are more than 32,000 feet of lines pumping liquids to the refreshment centers. (That’s the length of approximately 109 football fields!)

 Also, the Superstars will use the Falcons’ home team locker room on WrestleMania XXVII night, while the Divas will use the visiting team’s area.

The Dome’s sports history

The Georgia Dome is the home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, as well the as annual Chick-fil-A Bowl, SEC Football Championship and the Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic. It regularly hosts the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Four basketball tournaments. Super Bowls XXVIII and XXXI were at the Georgia Dome.

In 1996, the Centennial Olympics were held in Atlanta. USA’s Olympic Gold Medal-winning “Dream Team,” including Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley, played in the Georgia Dome. The USA’s female gymnastics team, lead by Dominique Dawes and Kerri Strug, won its first Olympic Gold Medal at the Dome.

“The Dome hosted 1 million people over that time,” said Kirksey said of the ’96 Olympics.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, displacing the Sugar Bowl. The Georgia Dome hosted that college game, as well as the Chick-fil-A Bowl and a Falcons game, meaning three major football games were played there over four days.

Entertainment

The Georgia Dome has hosted major musical acts, such as U2 and the Rolling Stones. In the late 1990s-early 2000s, ‘N Sync and the Backstreet Boys played there, packing the stadium with more than 64,000 people.

 Don’t miss WrestleMania XXVII at the Georgia Dome April 3, live and only on pay-per-view.

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