ATLANTA – If you haven’t been in downtown Atlanta recently, or since the last IWF in 2016, you might notice that something is missing.

The Georgia Dome won’t be part of the landscape during the International Woodworking Fair August 22-25 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The covered stadium was razed in November 2017 and was replaced by the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, just south of the Georgia Dome site.

The Georgia Dome hosted the NFC championship game a year earlier, the last football event held at the venue. The Falcons played at the Georgia Dome for 25 years, since it opened in 1992. It also hosted college football games, including the SEC Championship and Peach Bowl, college basketball games, wrestling and events at the Olympics.

The Georgia Dome was located just steps from the Georgia World Congress Center, the home of the International Woodworking Fair. At the last IWF in 2016, the Georgia Dome hosted an opening night reception for IWF attendees that was on the playing surface.

The dome also hosted actual IWF exhibits during the 1998 and 2000 events, when there wasn’t room in Hall A and B, and Hall C wasn’t built yet. Don’t believe us? See the floor plan from the August 2000 issue of FDM Magazine.

If you’re planning to go to IWF this year, August 22-25, you’ll be able to see the completed Mercedes-Benz Stadium just south of the GWCC. And you can tour exhibits in Hall C. See http://www.iwfatlanta.com/.

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