Georgia Dome, home of SEC Championship, set to be demolished
The Georgia Dome, which has served as the home of the SEC Championship Game since 1994, will be demolished in 2017, according to a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday. Frank Poe, executive director of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, a state agency that operates the Dome, said that the plan remains to close the venue to events in March 2017, despite the new Falcons stadium’s completion date being pushed back to June 1, 2017.
“It doesn’t affect anything that we’re working on as far as decommissioning of the Dome,” Poe said of the construction delay. “… By March 1 (2017), our plan is to really not have events in the Dome after that.”
The Georgia Dome hosted its first SEC Championship Game on December 3, 1994, which saw No. 2 Alabama defeat No. 12 Florida 28-21. The first two games of the annual series were played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.
Florida has won a conference-best 10 SEC Championship Games in the Georgia Dome, while Alabama is second with nine, including a victory over the Gators last season. Kentucky, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt are the only SEC teams who have not made an appearance in the conference championship at the Georgia Dome.