By: Brian Jones
I have covered sports in the Atlanta area since 2006, and I have seen my share of events at the Georgia Dome. I have not missed a Falcons game since 2006, I have seen many college football, high school football and other sporting events during that time span.
Recently, I got a chance to go see the U.S. men’s soccer team play Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals, which was a great atmosphere.
However, the U.S. got stunned by Jamaica, and it was the first time they lost on their own soil in two years and it was the first time they lost a match in Atlanta.
Honestly, I’m not surprised by it because I have seen plenty of teams I support lose big games at the Georgia Dome. However, I have to ask this question – Is the Georgia Dome cursed?
The Dome has hosted it share of great events like the Chick-fil-A Bowl, the SEC Championship, the Final Four and even Wrestlemania. But when it comes to local teams playing in the big games at the Dome, they have struck out more than they hit home runs.
Take the Falcons for example. They have won their share of games from 2008-2012, but in two of the last three playoff games they had at the Dome, they lost including the NFC title game against San Francisco back in 2012. They had a 17-point lead to start the game, blew the lead, had a chance to comeback at the end and came up 13 yards short.
The same thing happened to the Georgia Bulldogs in 2012 when they faced Alabama in the SEC title game. Georgia had a commanding lead in the second half, Alabama took the lead from them, Georgia had one last run in them but came up five yards short from playing the National Championship.
Another example is close to my heart because I went to this high school and played football for them is when Walton High School went to the state championship in 2011 for the first time ever, but they got shutout by Grayson (which was led by current Ole Miss defensive standout Robert Nkemdiche).
So the U.S. probably got hit with the Georgia Dome curse. It may not seem real, but for fans who have cheered for the Falcons and Bulldogs (and for me Walton High School) you can’t argue the fact that something is going on 1 Georgia Dome Dr. in Atlanta.
I love the Georgia Dome, and despite the bad losses, I had some great memories there. But the new Atlanta Stadium can’t get here soon enough.