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Falcons stadium push not about making Atlanta better

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08:03 AM ET 02.15 | Owners who don't have a new stadium, such as Arthur Blank, tend to want one. So let him build it. Anywhere he wants. Despite the well-orchestrated sound bites coming out of the mouths of Blank, his people and whatever power brokers are lining up behind him, this issue is not about beautifying downtown Atlanta. This isn't about enhancing our lives. ... It's not going to hold works of art or house the homeless or baffle historians like Stonehenge. It's just a football stadium. This is about increasing the value of a football team and the coffers of its owner, not making Atlanta a better place to live. The Georgia Dome is fine. It's better than fine. And in the worst-case scenario of the Falcons moving to the suburbs, the Georgia Dome isn't going away.

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February 15, 2013  08:29 AM ET

The Superdome in New Orleans housed the homeless after Hurricane Katrina, right?

And why does a team with so much talent and a dozen playoff appearances end every season with a loss? Stonehenge? Don't talk about ....Stonehenge. Stonehenge? The Druids are an open book compared to the Riddle of the Falcons.

February 15, 2013  08:53 AM ET

Here's a handy tip for teams wanting their cities to cough up millions of dollars for a new stadium: don't blow a huge lead at home in the playoffs.

February 15, 2013  08:57 AM ET

Stonehenge predicts the year the Falcons will win the Super Bowl. They just haven't figured out which year it is, yet.

February 15, 2013  09:03 AM ET

This is about Super Bowls, kids... Atlanta ain't getting another until they get a new shed.

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February 15, 2013  09:15 AM ET

LOL you don't think the POLS funnel most of the money to their cronies ?

February 15, 2013  09:21 AM ET

Greed, greed, greed.

February 15, 2013  09:33 AM ET

Ya don't share revenue from luxury boxes and corporate seating. And all that free PSL money. New stadiums are smaller than the old ones, but oh that special seating is bigger....

February 15, 2013  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

This is about Super Bowls, kids... Atlanta ain't getting another until they get a new shed.

Why is that? It's not that old, and has had several updates. Is it because of it's seating capacity?

February 15, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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The Superdome in New Orleans housed the homeless after Hurricane Katrina, right? And why does a team with so much talent and a dozen playoff appearances end every season with a loss? Stonehenge? Don't talk about ....Stonehenge. Stonehenge? The Druids are an open book compared to the Riddle of the Falcons.

Only been a team for 45 years or so DD. Not the first to wait that long for their first title

February 15, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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Greed, greed, greed.

this...and blank's envy of jerry jones' cathedral in arlington

February 15, 2013  10:36 AM ET

The true beauty of being wealthy is having the poor pay for your toys. Whatever percentage of public funds is used, the same percentage of seats should be made available for free. That's only fair no?

February 15, 2013  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Why is that? It's not that old, and has had several updates. Is it because of it's seating capacity?

The Ginger God has stated that theGeorgia Dome is not SB-caliber anymore.

As 50 is fond of saying - you can look it up.

February 15, 2013  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

The Ginger God has stated that theGeorgia Dome is not SB-caliber anymore. As 50 is fond of saying - you can look it up.

But that shouldn't mean only a new stadium will change that.

February 15, 2013  11:04 AM ET

Tick Tock the clock is ticking get some players then worry about a stadium!

February 15, 2013  11:10 AM ET

Look, Arthur Blank started and owns Home Depot, he should be able to build a new stadium himself just from his shelf stock. Jeesh.

February 15, 2013  11:20 AM ET
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But that shouldn't mean only a new stadium will change that.

It "shouldn't"...

But - it will.


Indianapolis will get another Super Bowl before Atlanta will. Book it!

February 15, 2013  11:41 AM ET
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STOP GIVING PUBLIC MONEY TO GREEDY BILLIONAIRES AND THEIR STUPID SPORTS FRANCHISES!How many times do you need to get burned before you finally get it through your systems?!

Exactly. I wish they would tell him to go "blank"" himself.

February 15, 2013  12:32 PM ET

seems to me that people forget how much money the falcons bring to economy, you are a moron if you dont think its worth it, restaurants, bars, even taxi drivers make money off a NFL teams game day!!!!

 
February 15, 2013  12:51 PM ET
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seems to me that people forget how much money the falcons bring to economy, you are a moron if you dont think its worth it, restaurants, bars, even taxi drivers make money off a NFL teams game day!!!!

But, a new stadium isn't going to help the taxi drivers, restaurants and bars. In fact, if the ticket prices are substantially higher, fans will have less money to spend outside the stadium, so it might even hurt local businesses.

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