The Falcons want to move out of the Georgia Dome and into an outdoor stadium, and they’ve taken another step in that direction today.
Although they made clear that they’re a long way from a done deal for a new stadium, the Falcons and the government authority that oversees the Georgia Dome have formally announced that an outdoor stadium is feasible and they’re engaged in talks to see how they can make it happen.
“We appreciate the Authority’s diligence in working through this process in a thorough and thoughtful manner,” the Falcons said in a statement. “We continue to have open dialogue with the Authority on a range of topics and options, with the shared goal of working toward an agreement that is in the best interests of the community, our fans and all other stakeholders involved. At this point, no decisions have been made; therefore, we will have no further public comment at this time.”
An architecture firm has already released a proposal for an open-air stadium in downtown Atlanta that would have 65,000 permanent seats, room for 10,000 temporary seats (which we hope get done long before the Super Bowl comes to town), 7,500 club seats and 110 suites.
The new stadium would cost about $700 million. The Georgia Dome, which was completed in 1992, cost about $200 million.