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09:57 AM ET 01.20 | The Atlanta Falcons are under political pressure to ask for less taxpayer help for a new $1 billion retractable roof stadium amid public resistance to using tax funds for the project. Gov. Nathan Deal's office has asked Falcons owner Arthur Blank to cut his request for public funding from $300 million to $200 million or agree to other changes in the deal, according to three people with direct knowledge of the negotiations. Blank has so far balked at the idea, they said. The three said the reduction is one of several options on the table to build political support for the stadium, which faces skepticism from lawmakers and the public over the amount of state-issued bonds involved. Blank and his allies have been seeking to seal the deal as the Falcons make a playoff push that has energized fans. Sunday's NFC championship at the Georgia Dome is the team's biggest game in nearly a decade, and a win would lead to the Super Bowl.

Atlanta Journal Constitution

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January 20, 2013  10:09 AM ET

Build the Taj Mahal of stadiums for your personal use and get the taxpayers to foot the bill! What ever happened to the NFL fund for stadium building from the new CBA?

January 20, 2013  10:15 AM ET

JJ probably spent it all

January 20, 2013  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Play in the dome and shut the **** up.

seriously....nothing wrong with the Dome, nothing at all. if blank wants a new stadium then let him dig into those deep Home Depot pockets and build it himself. the city of ATL has more pressing financial concerns than a new stadium.

January 20, 2013  11:01 AM ET

Arthur Open Up That Wallet!!!

January 20, 2013  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

seriously....nothing wrong with the Dome, nothing at all. if blank wants a new stadium then let him dig into those deep Home Depot pockets and build it himself. the city of ATL has more pressing financial concerns than a new stadium.

HAHAHAHA That could be cool the only stadium built by home depot, just have to hope it doesn't fall down

January 20, 2013  12:06 PM ET

Gotta compete with the Jones...

No new stadia - no Super Bowls.

January 20, 2013  12:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Gotta compete with the Jones... No new stadia - no Super Bowls.

Hahaha JJ is smarter than we thought he probably will get a Super Bowl in the next couple years, just his team won't be playing in it.

January 20, 2013  12:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Build the Taj Mahal of stadiums for your personal use and get the taxpayers to foot the bill! What ever happened to the NFL fund for stadium building from the new CBA?

Good point

January 20, 2013  12:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Hahaha JJ is smarter than we thought he probably will get a Super Bowl in the next couple years, just his team won't be playing in it.

He had better be used to it...

January 20, 2013  12:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Build the Taj Mahal of stadiums for your personal use and get the taxpayers to foot the bill! What ever happened to the NFL fund for stadium building from the new CBA?

You are right, and add in owners can borrow money from the NFL vault for this kind of thing interest free....

January 20, 2013  01:23 PM ET

I love it when a billionaire hates it when government interference in the running of his or her business; but then they always want that same government to help provide their teams a place to play their games. I always wonder why it is that cities commit so much to these teams and then when the stadiums are completed those team jack up the prices to their fans.

Atlanta, Ga are you listening?

January 20, 2013  04:49 PM ET

So what exactly is wrong with the stadium they play at now? Its only 20 freiking yrs old, so it cannot be outdated at all. It has plenty of seats, and has plenty of luxury boxes, so why exactly should a new stadium be built before the bonds paying for this one are not even expired I bet?

January 20, 2013  07:06 PM ET

Move to Doraville at the old GM plant. To heck with Atlanta. Atlanta is a joke of a government that wastes tax payers money. Move to where your season ticket holders are!

January 20, 2013  08:09 PM ET

OUT FREAKING RAGEOUS! Why is a 20 year old stadium not adequate? Not another dime for stadiums for teams owned by billionaires to serve as playgrounds for millionaires.

January 20, 2013  08:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Build the Taj Mahal of stadiums for your personal use and get the taxpayers to foot the bill! What ever happened to the NFL fund for stadium building from the new CBA?

That was my first thought. Part of the money the owners squeezed out of the players went to boost the stadium development fund. And as Fiddy said, the league also has loan programs for improvements, too.

January 20, 2013  10:04 PM ET

Seriously, just renovate the current domed stadium to be a retractable roof stadium. How many seats does GT's stadium have or maybe play down in Athens while the dome gets retrofitted with a new roof.

January 20, 2013  10:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

OUT FREAKING RAGEOUS! Why is a 20 year old stadium not adequate? Not another dime for stadiums for teams owned by billionaires to serve as playgrounds for millionaires.

Well said.

January 21, 2013  12:28 AM ET

After losing the NFC title game to the Niners, you'll need to spend your money on a new TE and a better defense.

 
January 21, 2013  01:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Move to Doraville at the old GM plant. To heck with Atlanta. Atlanta is a joke of a government that wastes tax payers money. Move to where your season ticket holders are!

And spending tax payer money on a new stadium isn't a waste right....

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