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Patch Asks: New Falcons Stadium? Who Should Pay For It?

The team wants a new stadium. How do you think it should be funded?

Retrofitting the Georgia Dome won't be enough to make Atlanta a competitive city for future Superbowls and the ATL's home team, the Falcons, say it's not good enough for what it wants to do to be a thriving franchise.

What do you think?

Tank April 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Turner-Marcus-Blank Stadium?
Péralte Paul (Editor) April 27, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Exactly. Atlanta isn't exactly Cooperstown; if the Falcons were to go, the local economy would not come to a screeching halt. Just once I wish a when a politician gets the "gives us a new stadium/ballpark or we'll leave" (s)he'd answer: "OK, bye." In the case of pro sports, taxpayers shouldn't have to bribe a private enterprise to stay somewhere by building ever-larger stadiums so said private enterprise can make more money. Besides, whatever "investment" the Falcons put into the new stadium will be passed on to fans so in essence those fans who live in in the city will pay twice as taxpayers and fans. That politicians can somehow make a way to find $300 million for a new stadium but are mum on closing of schools and other issues that make the Georgia less competitive economically from a long-term standpoint, speaks volumes. They should put it to a public referendum.
J. H. April 27, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Has anyone thought of retro fitting the GA dome into an open air stadium? This idea that Atlanta sports teams have to have new facilities every few years is rediculous.
Péralte Paul (Editor) April 27, 2012 at 08:51 PM
The feasibility study done to study that very point suggests it would be too expensive to retrofit the Ga. Dome and even then, it wouldn't be configured to how the Falcons would want it to be.
Victor Cooper April 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Appears our Twitter chat inspired you PP. ;)
Péralte Paul (Editor) April 28, 2012 at 12:35 PM
LOL. Yes it did!

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