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02:31 PM ET 12.10 | The Georgia World Congress Center Authority boardunanimously approved a non-binding term sheet for a new downtown stadium for the Atlanta Falcons. The term sheet sets a foundation for a more serious stadium agreement between the GWCCA and the Falcons. The plan calls for a stadium with a retractable roof, and the total cost of the project is projected to be around $1 billion. According to the term sheet, part of the stadium's cost would be paid by the hotel-motel tax in Atlanta and Fulton County, which would account for around $300 million; the Falcons would be responsible for the rest. The Georgia Dome would be demolished, and the new stadium would be ready for the start of the 2017 season.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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December 10, 2012  02:49 PM ET

Why do they need a new stadium? Isn't the Georgia Dome new?

December 10, 2012  02:57 PM ET

Why a retractable roof in Georgia, is the weather that bad?

December 10, 2012  03:00 PM ET

Funny how other teams have been trying to get a new stadium since before the Georgia Dome was built and are still trying.
Now there going to replace it.

I have heard the place is horrible but you can say that about all domes.

December 10, 2012  03:24 PM ET
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Why do they need a new stadium.Its a taxpayer rip-off.

+1000000000000000000000000000

December 10, 2012  04:02 PM ET

This is how it's done in 'Merika today. Get the poor to pay for crap the rich own so they can make even more money. I would go along with a new Dome if the tickets for ALL events were passed out in a lottery. You want someone else to pay for it than you shouldn't be allowed to profit from it.

December 10, 2012  04:03 PM ET

Are you kidding me? This place is only 20 years old, it seats over 71,000. Why in the world do they need a new building? This is just crazy.

December 10, 2012  04:15 PM ET

The Georgia Dome was completed in 1992 at a cost of $214 million

December 10, 2012  04:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Why do they need a new stadium? Isn't the Georgia Dome new?

The Georgia Dome was completed in 1992 at a cost of $214 million

December 10, 2012  04:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Why a retractable roof in Georgia, is the weather that bad?

You could grow a real grass field.

December 10, 2012  07:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The Georgia Dome was completed in 1992 at a cost of $214 million

Makes no sense at all.

December 10, 2012  07:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

This is how it's done in 'Merika today. Get the poor to pay for crap the rich own so they can make even more money.

Read the article. The city's share is coming from a hotel-motel tax. That's not going to gouge the poor, it's going to gouge tourists and business travelers.

And after the stadium is paid for, they will keep the tax and use it to buy votes. Got it? That is the 'Merikan way.

December 10, 2012  07:35 PM ET
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You could grow a real grass field.

Dole's already got his real grass field planted, fertilized and watered.

December 10, 2012  08:23 PM ET
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Dole's already got his real grass field planted, fertilized and watered.

All legal too!

December 11, 2012  06:52 AM ET

Nice, Visit Atlanta and Build a Stadium, I don't think so, I'll stop at Varsity then move on!!!

December 11, 2012  10:22 AM ET

Ok, say the Falcon's *want* a new stadium. The city goes to the Falcons and says: "Ok, here's the deal - you get a new stadium, we( the citizens ) get a) ticket price reductions, b) car park changes, i.e., charge by car, not people in car; c) price cutbacks in refreshments sold at said stadium; d) no fancy enclosed boxes executives want to watch the game, then you sit on the same seats 'we - the public' sit on. Comments?

December 11, 2012  11:42 AM ET

The issue is that it was built right before the modern stadiums... it was sort of the last big round boring concrete stadium. Everything since has had more personality, more amenities, more attraction to the stadium itself. Blank has been trying to build something new since he bought the team.

December 11, 2012  01:53 PM ET

for a billion dollars I keep the personality I have

 
December 11, 2012  01:57 PM ET
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The issue is that it was built right before the modern stadiums... it was sort of the last big round boring concrete stadium. Everything since has had more personality, more amenities, more attraction to the stadium itself. Blank has been trying to build something new since he bought the team.

Then let Arthur Blank build it himself. He has got plenty of money. The Georgia Dome is an excellent facility. The only problem (which is common to most similar facilities) is that is not in the "most friendly" part of Atlanta.

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