Maryland Basketball: Saying goodbye to the Georgia Dome

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 1: Jared Jeffries
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 1: Jared Jeffries /

The arena where Maryland’s only national title in Men’s Basketball took place is being imploded.

As Fox 5 Atlanta reports, the Georgia Dome will be imploded on November 20th, 2017 at 7:30 in the morning.

The Dome primarily housed the Atlanta Falcons, but also featured two Super Bowls, WrestleMania XXVII, Olympic Events, and three NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships, including the 2002 National Championship won by Maryland.

The 64-52 Maryland win was attended by 53,406 people, and the scenes will be forever etched into Terrapins basketball history.

Maryland still shows Juan Dixon throwing the ball into the air during a montage for every home basketball game. And, last season the program did a t-shirt give away with the famous quote from the voice of Maryland Basketball Johnny Holliday as Maryland won the title; “And the kids have done it.”

The Terrapins will always have a part of the Georgia Dome with them, as they proudly display the center floor from that game in the foyer of Xfinity Center in College Park.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium was built as a replacement and massive upgrade to the Georgia Dome. It now houses the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United of the MLS. The old Georgia Dome site is going to be leveled and turned into a green area for parking and tailgating.

Officials hope that the “Home Depot Backyard” can be set up before the new Stadium hosts it’s first major event, the 2018 College Football Playoff championship game.

If Maryland fans ever wanted to witness this historic Georgia Dome event again, the NCAA has the CBS broadcast on their Youtube channel.