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Falcons take another step toward playing outside

Arthur Blank AP

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.

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17 Responses to “Falcons take another step toward playing outside”
  1. Jay says: Feb 22, 2011 6:33 PM

    $700 Million? That’s a bargain compared to the Boss Hogg Bowl in Arlington, TX. Blank must have skipped the retractable roof and super-mega-ultra screen options on the stadium design.

  2. hobartbaker says: Feb 22, 2011 7:29 PM

    Coincidentally, I just got laid off and took another step towards living and sleeping outside.

  3. snh7997 says: Feb 22, 2011 7:35 PM

    Dear Atlanta Falcons,
    If you are finished with your dome, can we have it?
    Sincerely,
    The Minnesota Vikings.

  4. Canyonero says: Feb 22, 2011 7:46 PM

    Georgia is beautiful, it never made sense the Falcons played in a stupid dome.

  5. db3300 says: Feb 22, 2011 8:00 PM

    Atlanta taxpayers deserve what they get if they agree to replace a stadium that’s less than 20 years old. No matter what they tell you, you’ll still pay for it somewhere down the road.

  6. db105 says: Feb 22, 2011 8:09 PM

    Atlanta sportsfans are fair-weather fans. Wonder if the Falcons fans will pay PSLs to be outdoors.

  7. tommytd says: Feb 22, 2011 8:25 PM

    Don’t forget those $100,000 PSL’s. Maybe Blank could include a free folding chair from Home Depot for every PSL sold!

  8. poondive says: Feb 22, 2011 8:51 PM

    Finally another stadium closer to resembling the way football was meant to be played….OUTDOORS!

  9. clownburger says: Feb 22, 2011 8:51 PM

    The problem with Atlanta sports fans are that there are a TON of transplants in Atlanta.

    I once went to a Hawks/Knicks game out there and it was like a Knicks home game.

    Also, did you hear all the cheering for Green Bay against the Falcons IN A PLAYOFF GAME???

    Outrageous.

    True Atlanta fans are few and far between it seems.

  10. sakatak says: Feb 22, 2011 9:00 PM

    @snh7997

    after a long day I come to this sight for a good laugh, thank you

  11. pooponurface says: Feb 22, 2011 9:15 PM

    How can the NFL cry poor when it comes to negotiating with the players, when one of their teams is in discussion to replace a stadium that was built in the ’90s?

  12. rajuncajun28 says: Feb 22, 2011 10:02 PM

    A new stadium for a loser franchise….yep, that makes sense….LMAO….

  13. d3murf says: Feb 22, 2011 10:43 PM

    That’s why the people making the decisions should actually be from Atlanta. We are a “Hollywood” town. A lot of sports events here double for social gatherings. When were Winning, The Women come out in Mass here looking Mega-Good. When we’re losing NOBODY comes out. And when they do–they are the opposing teams fans that live here. This will be a disaster. When it’s raining (Which it does quite a bit here) the crowd will be dismal! The Games at the Dome are some of the most funnest times. The Speed is super fast! We already have a 3 yds and a cloud of dust style of play. Now we’ll have the scenery to match?!?! Football indoors is for athletes! NOOO!!!!!

  14. jc1958cool says: Feb 22, 2011 11:21 PM

    playing outside is an excuse for another billionaire, to get tax $$$ to get a new stadium!!
    let the fun begin, have to keep up with the jones’ !

  15. monkeyneck says: Feb 22, 2011 11:53 PM

    Wasn’t there an ice storm the only time Atlanta had a Super Bowl? Hopefully they wouldn’t ever put those 10K temporary seats to use.

  16. wallyhorse says: Feb 23, 2011 6:01 AM

    I believe it was noted in an earlier article that this would be an entirely privately funded stadium with no public monies used. Even if the Falcons do get this stadium, the Georgia Dome won’t go unwanting, as between the SEC Football Championship, the SEC and/or ACC Basketball Tournaments (both of which have been played there), the NCAA Tournament (regionals and Final Four), the Chick-Fil-A bowl and numerous other events, there will be plenty for the Georgia Dome even without the 10-12 home dates for the Falcons use it for. This looks like one of the few cases where both the Georgia Dome and a new stadium for the Falcons can easily co-exist.

  17. kevinfromphilly says: Feb 23, 2011 9:03 AM

    Oh God, when I saw that picture of Blank at the top of the article, I thought it was Sonny Corleone from the beginning of “The Godfather”.

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