Parking at the Georgia Dome For an Atlanta Falcons Game

The home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons is the the third-largest domed structure in the world. Whether it is to see the Georgia State Panthers, or to cheer the Falcons to a swift victory, visitors who set foot into the mammoth coliseum never forget its massive diamond-patterned, cable-supported roof which is still the largest of its kind in the world today. Paying a visit to the stadium sometime soon would be wise, as there are talks in the works about building a new dome with a retractable roof, and demolishing the famous Georgia Dome.

The first challenge visitors to the Georgia Dome will face is finding a parking space. Parking at all NFL stadiums is hard, but parking at the Georgia Dome for an Atlanta Falcons game is particularly difficult. Local fans are encouraged to take the MARTA to the game, and leave the car behind. Get off at the Dome/Philips Arena stop or the Vine City stop, and the dome is only a walk away. Commuters might want o consider parking at one of the local MARTA stations for free, and hopping aboard as well. The fare is $2.50 one way.

Fans who are dead-set in their decision find a parking space should arrive early, very early. While Atlanta does not get the tailgating reputation that Green Bay or Chicago has, fans start piling into downtown lots with grills and coolers six hours before the game. There is some parking nearby the stadium for twenty dollars or more, but expect a bit of a traffic showdown if you arrive any later than two hours prior to kickoff. If you are a particularly stressed out individual, make it three just to play it safe. Smaller lots are loosely scattered around the stadium area, and they will typically charge between thirty and fifty dollars for parking.

The good news it that there are plenty of places for tailgaters to kickback and enjoy some pre-game fun. The Georgia Dome encourages festivities at the Yellow Lot or Lot A, also known as the Gulch. The Yellow Lot is much larger than The Gulch, and the tailgating scene is typically more crowded. The Gulch is better for smaller tailgating fans, but is equally as fun. The Dome will usually hold an event or festivity for tailgaters at The Gulch. Both lots open four hours prior to kickoff, but parking operates on a first-come first-serve basis. If you have to park elsewhere, consider heading over anyway, and making a few friends.

After reading more detailed information about the Georgia Dome, you can better plan your parking strategy. As long as you have some idea of what you might be in for on game day, you won’t find any surprises during your parking search. Arrive early, consider taking the MARTA to save some money, head over to the Yellow Lot or the Gulch for some tailgating fun, and remember to keep your temper in check. There will be plenty of time for shouting once the Falcons run out onto the field, beneath the world famous Georgia Dome.

This article was written by Dominick Sorrentino. Dominick is a professional writer based in Honolulu, Hawaii and can be contacted through Google+.