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New $1.6B Atlanta stadium rises; now old one to be destroyed

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The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new home of the Atlanta Falcons football team and the Atlanta United soccer team. AP photo The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new home of the Atlanta Falcons football team and the Atlanta United soccer team. AP photo

By JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - With Atlanta's new $1.6 billion stadium finally open after a series of construction delays, the dome next-door will soon be brought down with explosives.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium was built to replace the Georgia Dome, which is set to be imploded Monday morning.

Police say several streets and parts of the transit system will close for the historic blast. The city's tallest hotel even plans a "Georgia Dome implosion party" in its restaurant and bar near the very top.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the new home of the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer's Atlanta United.

The new venue features a retractable roof; a 1,100-foot-long "halo board" video display; and a giant steel Falcon sculpture outside one of the main entrances.

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