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Tailgating changes at the Georgia Dome

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ATLANTA, Ga. -

College football is back and fans planning on tailgating at the Georgia Dome this weekend could be in for a surprise.

Construction around the Dome has brought some big changes. More than a million square-feet of Dome property is now a construction site for the new Falcons stadium.

“When I saw it all blocked off, I was just surprised. I didn't expect it,” said football fan Kevin Meisteickle.

The former orange lot is now dirt and 1,300 parking spaces are gone.

The area outside the old ticket office, where about a dozen parties always boomed, is also lost.

Georgia Dome leaders say there's nothing they can do to make that space up, but the area known as “The Gulch” survives, as well as smaller lots under bridges. However, getting to these areas will be more complicated with the construction.

Lots north of the World Congress Center and lots on Northside Drive will also be open.

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