Georgia Dome Falling Apart, Fans Scattering

Friday, March 14, 2008


Scary stuff going on in Atlanta and the SEC Tournament. I saw an update on ESPN that Alabama had hit a three to send their game into Overtime against Mississippi State, but that's probably not what anyone is thinking about right now.....

The Georgia Dome is shaking. The TV monitors are swaying, the fans are scattering, and the insulation is coming down onto the court. As I said, rain delay. Sorta scary. The teams are back in the locker room, waiting this out.

Meanwhile the National Weather Service is reporting severe weather in downtown Atlanta, conditions that created this delay. Crazy, right? It's almost like something hit the roof and everything started moving. There is this weird murmur in the air, with everyone just kind of milling around.
That's pretty scary. Hope everyone is okay down there.

Update: Umm....this doesn't look good.....



Update: Okay here's the video....



Update #3: The Sporting Blog's Spencer Hall was on scene and has a photo essay of the damage....

Photo Essay: Weather Cancels SEC Nightcap (The Sporting Blog)

Rain delay -- really! Severe rain, apparently. (The Rap Sheet)
Storm damages Ga. Dome, delays SEC game (AJC.com)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 10:02 PM

14 Comments:

watching it live ... they just announced that tonight's game is postponed

Mar 14, 2008, 11:25:00 PM  

That's good...get everyone out of there. I was reading some eye witness accounts and people are saying the thought it was a terrorist attack.

Mar 14, 2008, 11:27:00 PM  

Where's Stephanie Abrams when you need her? The Weather Channel is based in Atlanta, after all.
The Clippers & Hawks were playing at Philips Arena at the same time and had similar damage.

Mar 14, 2008, 11:44:00 PM  

Rick James, you know what's funny? If you ever watch The Weather Channel, they bring up the Atlanta weather every three minutes. There could be tornadoes in Kansas and they're showing "light sprinkles" at Olympic Park.

So tonight there was "real" weather in Atlanta, and The Weather Channel was showing some show about bikers in the desert and rescue dog training.

Hilarious. And pathetic.

J.J. said...
Mar 15, 2008, 12:16:00 AM  

Does anyone have the clip of the broadcast as this happened? Crazy.

Anonymous said...
Mar 15, 2008, 12:40:00 AM  

I've got the highlights coming but not of the broadcast. I'll look for it tomorrow.

Mar 15, 2008, 12:41:00 AM  

President Bush flew over the Dome in Air Force 40-Ounce and called a press conference. He saw terrorists flying away from the scene on a flying carpet hitched to sixteen pink elephants and they were all singing, "God damn America!" just like that Jeremiah Wright dude said they would.

Clarence said...
Mar 15, 2008, 1:11:00 AM  

God did work during this game, if that amazing 3 doesn't drop, thousands exit the stadium during a Tornado Warning which could have been very tragic (thousands injured) ....Thank you God for making that basket drop at the end of regulation.

A-town Cy said...
Mar 15, 2008, 1:44:00 AM  

Here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8s56D6yShI
ESPN Reaction

Anonymous said...
Mar 15, 2008, 2:28:00 AM  

The feed (don't have it, sorry) started getting grainy and cutting in and out about a second at a time. You could hear the "freight train" noise and when they looked up at the roof with the cameras and showed that scaffolding shaking, the feed went out for over a minute. If they hadn't had said something about weather, it would have looked like an earthquake by the people leaving, the noise, and what they were showing shaking and falling.

Then they came back and started showing damage footage that you've seen highlights of. After they postponed the second game, they found some footage of a water main break in the World Congress Center and water just pouring down a staircase. It had already covered a 20x100 foot lobby about 3 inches deep. It's no wonder they're moving it to Georgia Tech now:

http://www.ajc.com/henry/content/sports/uga/stories/2008/03/14/ugagameburst_0315.html

It looks like they're fixing the ticket problem by saying, "No fans allowed". So the fans, instead of being thankful for being alive, are now all over the message boards asking how to complain to the SEC for moving the game. Whatever.

/iimchje

Mar 15, 2008, 9:00:00 AM  

AA, The Big Lead has Raycom's feed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4K5e9wqVB8

/ditax

Mar 15, 2008, 9:07:00 AM  

Scary stuff. I feel sorry for the SEC fans that get left out of the action today though.

Brett said...
Mar 15, 2008, 11:34:00 AM  

My brother (a grad from M-State) and his girlfriend were at the Mississippi State/Alabama game in Atlanta last night where the tornado hit the dome. As he wrote in a text moments after the tornado hit, "Wow. Everybody is freaking out here. I think the roof of the Georgia Dome just took a pounding."

Later I passed along the info that Tim Brando said on the Raycom broadcast that it was safe in the building, to which he replied, "If Tim Brando says it's safe, then it must be safe! It's a bit drafty in here now."

It was a bit frightening watching it happen on live TV, though.

Draft King said...
Mar 15, 2008, 12:56:00 PM  

Since everyone is ok, the funniest line was the main announcer saying "the best place to be in a tornado is a domed stadium." color guy " I hope your right."

Anonymous said...
Mar 15, 2008, 2:19:00 PM  

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