Turning the Trifecta – One More Time
Having perfected the trifecta – smoothly hosting back-to-back-to-back events on consecutive days – the Georgia Dome has done it again as the calendar flipped from 2016 to 2017.
First up in this latest trifecta was the sold-out Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (also a semifinal of the College Football Playoff for the first time) on New Year’s Eve (Saturday, Dec. 31), which saw No. 1 Alabama dismantle Washington 24-7 to earn a spot in the National Championship on Jan. 9 in Tampa. It was the Dome’s final college football game.
The stadium was quickly refreshed for the Atlanta Falcons’ season finale against the arch-rival New Orleans Saints on New Year’s Day (Sunday, Jan. 1), closing out the team’s regular season tenure under the iconic Dome roof.
After the Falcons dispatched the Saints 38-32, crews began the conversion process for the 2017 Passion Conference, featuring day and night general sessions and gospel concerts that began Monday (Jan. 2) at the Dome and wrapped up Wednesday (Jan. 4). Passion also utilized space in all three buildings of the Georgia World Congress Center, primarily using A2, A3, B2, B3, C1 and C3.
These three events combined brought more than 200,000 visitors to the GWCCA’s campus in the span of three days.
“This was a full campus effort,” said Kenneth Jefferson, Event Services Manager for the Georgia Dome. “We could not have done this without the support and assistance from every department across our campus. I thank each and every one of you for a job very well done. Nobody does – or will do – it better.”
For Dome Building Services Manager Aundre Goode, the display of teamwork invoked one of the Authority’s core four Values – Be One. “These past days have exhibited what ‘Be One’ is all about,” he said. “Thank you all for helping to take the Dome out on Top.”