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Falcons one step closer to $700M open-air stadium

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08:02 AM ET 02.23 | If it's up to the Falcons, they will have a new stadium to call home by 2017 and within a mile of the Georgia Dome. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority agreed to enter into a "memorandum of understanding" with the Falcons on plans for a potential $700 million open-air stadium downtown. Both parties emphasized the memorandum does not constitute a done deal, but rather allows them to begin negotiations over details of the project, including financing. But the Falcons have made it clear that they want a new open-air stadium, rejecting alternatives such as expanding the Georgia Dome, adding a retractable roof to the facility or building a new dome with a retractable roof.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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February 23, 2011  08:09 AM ET

So, where will the SEC Championship Game move to, if there isn't a covered stadium in Atlanta?

February 23, 2011  08:12 AM ET

The Georgia Dome gives them huge homefield advantage. I'd hesitate to give up those decibels.

February 23, 2011  08:13 AM ET

What a novel concept - an open air stadium downtown...


<looks at city of Dallas and laughs!!!>

February 23, 2011  08:20 AM ET
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What a novel concept - an open air stadium downtown...

Now, now, now, Otis! Don't make fun of the City of Dallas' elected officials. They work very hard at looking foolish.

February 23, 2011  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

So, where will the SEC Championship Game move to, if there isn't a covered stadium in Atlanta?

Why would they have to move the game because the field is open?

February 23, 2011  08:25 AM ET

You obviously don't live in the South. People here are terrified of snow and temperatures below 50. They get out their down jackets when the thermometer hits 49.

February 23, 2011  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Now, now, now, Otis! Don't make fun of the City of Dallas' elected officials. They work very hard at looking foolish.

Put those fools in a room together, sit back and watch the circus. They make it look easy.

February 23, 2011  08:26 AM ET

The City of Atlanta can't afford a new stadium. There's nothing wrong with the Georgia Dome.

February 23, 2011  08:29 AM ET

Here everyone years ago was in this big rush to get domed stadiums. and now everyone that's had them wants retractable roofs or open air.

I hate domes. the last twins game I went to before they built the new ball park was when they were playing at the old Met.

I did go to a few Packer/ Viking games at the dome but I hated it.

I think teams should just leave stadiums open air, it adds to the excitement of the game.

February 23, 2011  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

What a novel concept - an open air stadium downtown... <looks at city of Dallas and laughs!!!>

thanks Otis! yeah really!

February 23, 2011  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Now, now, now, Otis! Don't make fun of the City of Dallas' elected officials. They work very hard at looking foolish.

Actually they make it look quite easy.

February 23, 2011  08:44 AM ET
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You obviously don't live in the South. People here are terrified of snow and temperatures below 50. They get out their down jackets when the thermometer hits 49.

And yet in city's like Green bay, there's a twenty year waiting list for season tickets! cold is no big deal, snow is just gravy for the goose. to most teams playing outside is an advantage not a disadvantage.

February 23, 2011  09:00 AM ET
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Actually they make it look quite easy.

The mark of true professionals. They make something we consider difficult look easy.

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February 23, 2011  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I hate domes. the last twins game I went to before they built the new ball park was when they were playing at the old Met. I did go to a few Packer/ Viking games at the dome but I hated it.I think teams should just leave stadiums open air, it adds to the excitement of the game.

If Buffalo and Green Bay can play outside, so can the rest of the league!

February 23, 2011  09:59 AM ET
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You obviously don't live in the South. People here are terrified of snow and temperatures below 50. They get out their down jackets when the thermometer hits 49.

When the temperature hits 49 I put on shorts and a T-shirt!

February 23, 2011  10:00 AM ET
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If Buffalo and Green Bay can play outside, so can the rest of the league!

hey hi! most domed teams are south. go figure.

February 23, 2011  10:05 AM ET
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hey hi! most domed teams are south. go figure.

Wusses! ...can you sat wuss?

February 23, 2011  10:06 AM ET
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If the Falcons put a winning team on the field it won't matter what kind of stadium they play in. People adapt and diehard fans don't let a little thing like the weather stop them from attending games.

That is a big if. The fair weather fans outnumber the die-hard fans in Atlanta (and NO, Tampa, and Jacksonville).

 
February 23, 2011  10:10 AM ET

THe Georgia Dome does not need to be replaced....this is just a stupid idea and a waste of taxpayer money

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