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Falcons’ desire for open-air stadium creates issues in Atlanta

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The Falcons christened the Georgia Dome in 1992.  In 20 seasons, they’ve used it barely 200 times.  Naturally, then, it’s obsolete and must be replaced.

The Falcons prefer that it be replaced with an open-air stadium.  Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution explains that the Georgia World Congress Authority, the state agency that operates the Georgia Dome, believes that the team’s preference for a building without a roof “presents a number of complex issues.”

Given that the GWCA and the Falcons are 14 months into their negotiations, that’s not a good sign.

The problem is that the Georgia Dome hosts multiple annual events that wish to stay indoors, such as the SEC title game and the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.  And so the new stadium will need to have a retractable roof, or an open-air venue will have to be built in the vicinity of the Georgia Dome.

The Falcons have yet to take a final position on the matter.  “I know they are working aggressively to get to a point where they can come back and say, ‘This is the path we want to be on,’” GWCC Authority executive director Frank Poe said.

Presumably, that path won’t be “to Los Angeles.”

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82 Responses to “Falcons’ desire for open-air stadium creates issues in Atlanta”
  1. abninf says: Apr 12, 2012 9:21 PM

    Atlanta. The Philly of the south. Cesspool.

  2. jetnotjets says: Apr 12, 2012 9:24 PM

    My interest in the Falcons’ building a new stadium is the same as my interest in the Falcons being on ‘Hard Knocks’ later this….I’m sorry. What were we talking about again?

  3. txxxchief says: Apr 12, 2012 9:25 PM

    “California Condors?”

  4. tmar1961 says: Apr 12, 2012 9:27 PM

    Presumably, that path won’t be “to Los Angeles.”

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    Why would you even put that in there? PFT should really stop trolling.

  5. AlohaMrHand says: Apr 12, 2012 9:27 PM

    ok fine just remove the roof on the Georgia dome and replace it with a giant umbrella,problem solved.

  6. breadslicer says: Apr 12, 2012 9:27 PM

    “to Los Angeles.”…

    That’s crazy talk.

  7. quizguy66 says: Apr 12, 2012 9:28 PM

    Georgia World Congress Authority is the most ridiculously lofty name of a government entity ever.

    -QG

  8. cootschaos says: Apr 12, 2012 9:29 PM

    They really need to move their stadium out of this area. First the traffic is awful. Second, it’s is in the middle of the ghetto. After shelling out $60 to park, you have 20 dudes in the parking lot begging for change. It got 20x worse after all the bums from New Orleans migrated up after the Hurricane.

  9. cameran0804 says: Apr 12, 2012 9:32 PM

    C’mon, let minnesota get one before the falcons. The metrodome is junk

  10. tres79 says: Apr 12, 2012 9:41 PM

    Wish I could tear down my house every 20 years and build a new, better one at taxpayer expense.

  11. mybrunoblog says: Apr 12, 2012 9:43 PM

    Be tough to finance a new stadium in these economic times.

  12. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 12, 2012 9:50 PM

    Hey, there are lots of high school fields in the area. Just add a few more bleachers, take away the soccer nets……

  13. deadeye says: Apr 12, 2012 9:51 PM

    Blank knows that the current locale is inferior. Since the Panthers opening their purely football, open air stadium, I’ve wished the Falcons could do something similar. At least he’s trying.

    The Dome is a great facility for hosting a variety of events related to the World Congress Center. Additionally Atlanta gets the SEC title game, the occasional Final Four, and has even had a Super Bowl. But the Falcons need a better stadium in a better part of town, or people like me will just watch from the comfort of home.

  14. 504in860 says: Apr 12, 2012 9:51 PM

    cootschaos says:
    Apr 12, 2012 9:29 PM

    They really need to move their stadium out of this area. First the traffic is awful. Second, it’s is in the middle of the ghetto. After shelling out $60 to park, you have 20 dudes in the parking lot begging for change. It got 20x worse after all the bums from New Orleans migrated up after the Hurricane.
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    How about when the 20,000 Saints fans travel to that circus tent and make it like a home game?

    GA Dome aka Superdome East.

  15. 84sgl says: Apr 12, 2012 9:55 PM

    It amazes me how teams in professional American sports want new stadiums and arenas every 20 years. They are hardly used!! Why can’t teams just renovate? Dallas got every penny out of their old stadium which made their new stadium that much sweeter. JJ could easily justify his investment into the new building because of how much he and prior ownership squeezed out of the old building.

  16. waldoampere says: Apr 12, 2012 9:56 PM

    Way to waste the taxpayers’ money.

  17. jimiinpa says: Apr 12, 2012 9:59 PM

    go Braves… and take the Falcons with you

  18. tci6743 says: Apr 12, 2012 10:00 PM

    No one cares about Atlanta. No one.

  19. Gordon says: Apr 12, 2012 10:01 PM

    “The Falcons christened the Georgia Dome in 1992.  In 20 seasons, they’ve used it barely 200 times.  Naturally, then, it’s obsolete and must be replaced.”
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    It’s got that “old people” smell.

  20. cooklynn17 says: Apr 12, 2012 10:01 PM

    Didn’t Atlanta lose the Thrashers, so LA could be in the mix. Besides teams that play in the elments and outdoors have a way better record in the playoffs and super bowl.

    Can’t blame them for looking at other options, been there and the Georgia Dome sucks.

  21. jacobslatter says: Apr 12, 2012 10:03 PM

    A more important thing the Falcons need to worry about right now is keeping Roddy White off Twitter.

  22. binkystevens says: Apr 12, 2012 10:03 PM

    At least they’re losing the roof. No self respecting football fan should ever be forced to watch football indoors. It’s like murdering bald eagles – just anti American.

  23. steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says: Apr 12, 2012 10:04 PM

    Everyone is jealous of the Steelers and the unmatched greatness the organization has had during the Super Bowl era.

    We bath in glory. You bath in tears. When we walk the ground moves for us. We love looking down, pointing and laughing at how pathetic the rest of the league has become. I wake up, look the mirror and say, wow we are divine.

    We will win our 7th and start our own league where we can see real football again. One supreme team broken into eight. Whoa. We will allow several non-Steelers that are deemed “pure” to fill rosters. Wow, so gracious.

    Jealous?

  24. cannonballdookie says: Apr 12, 2012 10:05 PM

    They need a new stadium to lose playoff games in…

  25. jodave5 says: Apr 12, 2012 10:12 PM

    The Ol’ ATL….the armpit of the USA….

  26. randallflagg52 says: Apr 12, 2012 10:12 PM

    IMO if green bay, Buffalo and Cleveland don’t have dome stadiums, no team should.

    I hate these joke teams that get padded stats because they play in optimal conditions. Play like men!

  27. ninefingers9 says: Apr 12, 2012 10:14 PM

    Georgia Dome…Metrodome….Tropicana…The 3 worst dumps in all of professional sports!

  28. randomguy9999 says: Apr 12, 2012 10:17 PM

    I’m tired of hearing how Billionaire owners

    from a Billionaire league

    need another Billion of our (taxpayer) funds to

    to replace a Billion dollar building that’s only 20 years old and the we likely haven’t finished paying off yet

    in an economy where Billions of our money are being wasted on programs that both parties know aren’t saving us, our medical system, our jobs, or our homes…

    the whole process of NFL teams mugging our governments and taking our Billions, especially at this critcal time in our nations history, is heinous.

  29. raysfan1 says: Apr 12, 2012 10:17 PM

    Let them have a new stadium–on land they buy with their own money–and build said facility with their own money.

  30. elmoron says: Apr 12, 2012 10:21 PM

    And, wanting nothing but the very best, they’ve already retained the structural engineers who designed the Metrodome roof.

  31. nola5712 says: Apr 12, 2012 10:22 PM

    cootschaos says:
    Apr 12, 2012 9:29 PM

    “It got 20x worse after all the bums from New Orleans migrated up after the Hurricane.”

    Yea…because Atlanta had ZERO “bums”, and was really a hotbed of courtesy, manners, and crime-less environments BEFORE Katrina. Yea…that sounds accurate…tool.

    P.S. No New Orleanian in their right mind would move to Atlanta unless forced to.

  32. ken0west says: Apr 12, 2012 10:26 PM

    I still say FEDEX will get the record for shortest used stadium. Opened in 1997 and I think the skins will get a new mega plex well before ATL does.

  33. southcakpanther says: Apr 12, 2012 10:29 PM

    Domes suck, period. Other than Nba and hockey, sports should be played and watched outside.

  34. slayer1224 says: Apr 12, 2012 10:33 PM

    Send the dirty birds to Los Angeles.

  35. henryholland666 says: Apr 12, 2012 10:36 PM

    Presumably, that path won’t be “to Los Angeles.”

    NO, don’t want, Chargers back to their original home or the Rams coming back or nothing.

  36. dryzzt23 says: Apr 12, 2012 10:40 PM

    Whoa now randomguyy

    The govt robs from us every damn day, and they have the police power to get away with it. The govt is corrupt as is the liberal media that supports it

  37. jagsfanugh says: Apr 12, 2012 10:41 PM

    Just in time for LA to finally get a stadium. New team to be mentioned now.

  38. henson58 says: Apr 12, 2012 10:54 PM

    I swear if I ever run in to this idiot steeler fan I’m going knock this guy out. and what’s this we stuff I’m certain you’ve never played a down of football in your life. my guess is your a front running moron. I bet u love the yankees, lakers or heat, your fav college football team is in the sec and u love UK basketball. go crawl back in to whatever hole u came from loser.

  39. randy33872 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:01 PM

    @ ninefingers9, you evidently have never been to Tropicana field. It’s the location that’s killing the team . Outdoor baseball in the summer in central Florida sucks! humidity, BUGS, lightning , etc.. And the Georgia dome seems kinda young to tear down. What next ? Raymond James ? It’s almost as old as the Georgia dome. 1998 I think.

  40. docboss says: Apr 12, 2012 11:09 PM

    This is another example of “why LA will not get a team!” How many nfl teams have gotten deals or stadiums with the threat of a move to the LA market? No team will move because the league needs the “threat” and owners will not forgo their share of the billion dollar expansion fee. LA fans are screwed. Atlanta will build a new stadium. They must or the team will move. ha!

  41. cantarguefacts says: Apr 12, 2012 11:17 PM

    that steeler troll needs to be smacked. Dude, your “divine” team got beat by Tebow in the playoffs

  42. i10east says: Apr 12, 2012 11:25 PM

    Winnipeg Falcons!!!!!

  43. frenchy121212 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:26 PM

    Wish I could tear down my house every 20 years and build a new, better one at taxpayer expense.

     29 0 

    You could if your house provided the jobs and taxes a building like that creates.

  44. delintzman says: Apr 12, 2012 11:28 PM

    ninefingers9 says:Georgia Dome…Metrodome….Tropicana…The 3 worst dumps in all of professional sports!
    ______________________________
    have you ever been to the Trop? Would you like to sit in 98 degree heat with 85% humidity, or better yet,have about 15 rain outs per year. It fits the bill and it was built in 1990 so it’s into the 22nd year. Don’t hate what you have not experienced. What Taj Mahal do you call home?

  45. cincybert says: Apr 12, 2012 11:30 PM

    Come on Arthur Blank…if you want a stadium, build it yourself. Home Depot can help.

  46. lolo376 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:36 PM

    They can’t win a playoff game indoors, what makes them think they can do it outdoors?

  47. dan55moore says: Apr 12, 2012 11:39 PM

    I’m a steelrs fan but I hate when fans talk about super bowls not in there lifetime ok….. we won 6 that’s great but come on man no need to brag about stuff from the 70s when you were fan of the cowboys or the 49ers

  48. itsmebobd says: Apr 12, 2012 11:40 PM

    To the idiot steelers fan, why is that you refer to the steelers as we? Do you somehow play for them? I doubt that. Know the only thing a bengals fan like myself, and a steelers fan like you can enjoy together? Your sister. PWND!

  49. candyman4881 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:49 PM

    Welcome to our world

    Signed,
    St Louis Ram Fans

  50. tmkelley1 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:54 PM

    So, Mr. steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh, I’m going to the supermarket in Thousand Oaks, Ca., the last time the Steelers played in a Super Bowl, and a guy in front of me is wearing your colors. So I tap him on the shoulder and say, “Hey, are there any Stillers fans left in Pittsburgh?” And he said, “Naaah, what for? Other than the Stillers, there’s absolutely nothing there. Kinda like Oakland….”

    Case closed.

  51. pilot2011 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:15 AM

    The only team in the NFL that should have the option of a retractable roof is Seattle because it rains 6 days a week.

    You’re in Southern USA, Atlanta… Titans, Panthers, Bucs all play outdoors. You, New Orleans, and those teams in Texas need to grow a pair.

    Not to mention turf fields ruin careers.

  52. marat28051988 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:17 AM

    why to Atlanta stadium? there for football (as well as on hockey basket-ball and baseball) nobody goes. It is not necessary to throw out money for a wind

  53. barbeaux says: Apr 13, 2012 12:29 AM

    If they do build an open air stadium then I would be inclined to bet that the sec championship wouldmove to Jerry’s world.

  54. sterlingrodgers says: Apr 13, 2012 12:32 AM

    The aftershocks of the Falcons’ home loss to the Packers in the playoffs in Jan. 2011 still reverberate. A run-first team with a noodle-armed QB that have to face the likes of Brees, Newton, and occasionally Rodgers? I don’t blame them for wanting grass. But by the time the hypothetical stadium is completed, Turner will be retired, and Matty will have retired prematurely because of painful ovarian cysts. And maybe they’ll then want their dome back.

  55. d3murf says: Apr 13, 2012 12:39 AM

    Man take the pulse of the city. It is what it is – we have fair weather fans for the most part. If we aren’t winning those seats will be empty…It’s a fashion show anytime there’s a Hawks or Falcons game. You get some of the most beautiful women in existence to come out. We are a dome city.

    Check this scenario: If we are 4-8 – on a rainy day; guess how many people will fill the 70,000 seat open air stadium….Try 25k max!! Ask the Braves!!! We are a hollywood style city – keep the Dome and worry about establishing an identity for the team. We are taking this want-to-be Green Bay thing too far. We copied their “Explosive Play offense” mantra, and how did that work out? Now we want a fake lambeau field?? lol

  56. jimbo75025 says: Apr 13, 2012 1:19 AM

    deadeye says:Apr 12, 2012 9:51 PM

    Blank knows that the current locale is inferior. Since the Panthers opening their purely football, open air stadium, I’ve wished the Falcons could do something similar. At least he’s trying.

    The Dome is a great facility for hosting a variety of events related to the World Congress Center. Additionally Atlanta gets the SEC title game, the occasional Final Four, and has even had a Super Bowl. But the Falcons need a better stadium in a better part of town, or people like me will just watch from the comfort of home.
    ________________

    Yeah and how long do you think the SEC would stay at the Dome if a new stadium was built?

    I agree that the stadium is in a bad part of town-but so are Philips and Turner Field.

    The stadium is outdated a bit but is not that old. Only 12 years ago there was a Super Bowl at the dome. If it was 30 or 40 years old then I may understand but this current trend of new stadiums every 20 years is asinine to say the least. Renovation should be ther key word here.

  57. christopher525 says: Apr 13, 2012 1:23 AM

    Simple, tell the people involved with the NCAA to shut it and play in the open air facility. The kids are supposed to be getting ready to play on the pro level, which has more open air stadiums than domes if I am not mistaken, they’ll rape college students of just as much, maybe even more, money in open air as they do a dome.

  58. mikemyditka says: Apr 13, 2012 1:48 AM

    Im surprised that this wasnt mentioned, but the way the Saints play on grass vs. a dome, dont you think that is a mitigating factor in the Falcons wanting an open air stadium?

  59. randomcommenter says: Apr 13, 2012 2:17 AM

    Pittsburgh is rated one of the best cities to live. It rates highly in all categories.

    People in Pitt also still enjoy freedom unlike the California drones who give theirs away. They outlawed bags at grocery stores. Soon they’ll outlaw the food packaging as well. You’ll have to bring your own biodegradable slop bucket and they will just ladle raw food into it for your Prius ride home

  60. 1historian says: Apr 13, 2012 6:48 AM

    REAL

  61. 1historian says: Apr 13, 2012 6:49 AM

    REAL men play football outside.

    Always have, always will

  62. SeenThisB4 says: Apr 13, 2012 7:18 AM

    The Georgia dome is structurally, a piece of cheap garbage, equivalent to an oversized FEMA trailer. So, I can see why the falcan’ts want to replace it, but the reality is, they shouldn’t get a new stadium paid for by the tax base until they get a fan base.

  63. voodoo4409 says: Apr 13, 2012 7:30 AM

    Atlanta fans are embarrassing and pathetic….seriously, no be cares about the Falclowns…they’ve not achieved anything in their history…I love the fact that we own them, year in, year out and will again this year….stay classy…

    All the best,
    President of the WHO DAT Chapter of North Fulton

    P.s. Lofton sends his regards and is glad to be with a WINNER….

  64. jrspike says: Apr 13, 2012 7:43 AM

    Arthur will never move to LA, he is a big man in ATL,
    Ego would never let him move to just another owner.

  65. EJ says: Apr 13, 2012 7:48 AM

    With an open roof comes more money for expenses like the grass replacement every week, damage from the elements and your chances of hosting a Superbowl go way down. The weather in Atlanta is also very choppy, one minute its clear and sunny skies and the next its raining so hard you can’t see 5ft in front of yourself. Not that playing in the rain isn’t a norm in the NFL, because it is, just not this type of rain.

    As for keeping the Georgia Dome for special events and possibly building another stadium close by…. Where? There is no where to go. First off, they are already in the middle of the ghetto, so that isn’t very attractive for fans and their safety, second, If they did happen to find room for the stadium, where are you putting the parking, under the stadium?

    Too many problems, just upgrade the Georgia Dome with a retractable roof, problem solved…….. I think.

  66. giantssb42champs says: Apr 13, 2012 7:57 AM

    What a joke, how many times do we have to watch the same movie when it comes to stadiums. I bet moneybags Arthur will looking for a “Blank” check from the taxpayers to fund his field of schemes.

  67. northstars1991 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:03 AM

    When they built the Metrodome for the Vikings it was only a matter of years before there were ongoing threats that the Vikings could escape their lease. Thankfully, leaders made the NFL GUARANTEE that IF the Vikings left that the NFL would be forced to have a new NFL team in there the following year! OBVIOUSLY that SUCCESSFUL model hasn’t been followed over the years due to the fact that most politicians in this country are absolute idiots.

  68. sj39 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:08 AM

    This is why I keep telling you people, NO ONE IS MOVING TO LA! The NFL does not want a team in LA. Having it as something to extort money out of the tax payers in cities that have teams is just way too valuable.

  69. tombrookshire says: Apr 13, 2012 8:46 AM

    Sure, tear it down and put up another billion dollar palace. Only thing is, the Falcons aren’t the Cowboys. Amazes me that after 20 years these teams just want to tear down a stadium meant to last for more than two decades. Why not just convert a bunch of seats into super boxes like they did in NOLA rather than demolish the whole building just to add boxes for some rich guys who don’t care about the Falcons anyway?

  70. jackers252 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:46 AM

    Might as well burn it down, it’s like the Saints run that place anyway. You hear the Who Dat chants come in nice and clear on TV.

    Superdome East!

  71. nolasaints says: Apr 13, 2012 9:04 AM

    I love how every one says “play like real men , play outdoors” then they say “they should not be allowed to hit a defenseless receiver” .. “thats roughing the passer” .. i say the game is better played (some times) in doors you can really get a feel for how athletic players are .. real grass at times have issues “slippery , full of pot holes, no traction” at least we dome teams have one less thing to worry about .. should ATL get a new stadium? did New Orleans get a new stadium? no we upgraded the one we have … how ever we are on our second we did start out as an out door team “Tulane Stadium” but most away fans will hate you no matter what the home teams do .. all good

  72. paallday says: Apr 13, 2012 9:13 AM

    The Falcons see an open-air stadium as the only way they stand a chance against Brees for the next five years.

  73. superjroch says: Apr 13, 2012 9:24 AM

    Arthur Blank, if you pay for the stadium yourself, you can build it however you’d like. You’ve built 20,000 Home Depots, I’m sure you can afford one stadium.

  74. seenoland54 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:15 AM

    I’m not surprised in the least that Blank wants a new stadium. I’ve had season tickets for thirty two years and saw them double from the time Blank took over to today. He gets a new stadium and starts with “seat licenses” and jacks up cost from there. Blank is a master of bilking home town patrons with the birds as well as his old orange box outfit. Too bad he can’t treat his home town the way other Atlanta based companies do such as Coca-Cola.

  75. seenoland54 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:25 AM

    The only team in the NFL that should have the option of a retractable roof is Seattle because it rains 6 days a week.

    You’re in Southern USA, Atlanta… Titans, Panthers, Bucs all play outdoors. You, New Orleans, and those teams in Texas need to grow a pair.
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    A lot of Atlanta fans were there in the old open air stadium, it was blistering hot the first part of the season (no air movement) and raining and cold the second half. By the way, Seattle has more inches of rain per year than Atlanta but Atlanta has more days of rain and for what Blank bilks us for we’d rather sit in 70 degrees and no rain and you can hold your own pair while sitting in the cold and rain Mr Macho, being miserable doesn’t make you a “man”, just an idiot. Besides, it’s miserable enough watching matty Ice choke every playoff, we’ve come to know that the last day of the regular season is, well, the last day of the season and keep our money in our pocket when Arthur tries squeezing playoff ticket money out of us before the regular season is even close to ending.

  76. rollteal says: Apr 13, 2012 11:32 AM

    So is every team with a Stadium issue now looking to LA ? Really come on. The Dome I was just there for the Jags game last year it looked like it was refurbished since the last time I was there, looked good but I will agree that the ATL is better served by outdoor football. But it’s the pros and cons for everything else. Because I honestly it’s not old and no reason to replace it now & I’m not sure a retractable roof would just fit one top but it’s not a bad idea & I found parking for 15 dollars that was near CNN !!

  77. sprizzle2182 says: Apr 13, 2012 11:46 AM

    i dont understand why they dont just redo the Dome to have a retractable roof….it would cost less, and please everyone…not to mention, where on earth are they going to build a new stadium in ATL….its so packed down there now, thats why it sux to drive down to the games…they want to add another sports venue down there!! and do what with the dome?? they just redid it a few years ago and its a great venue, waste of time, money and added hassle in ATL to build a new one!!! just change the roof!!!

  78. cootschaos says: Apr 13, 2012 2:31 PM

    Aww Nola, did I hurt your feelings?

    I’m a tool because I spoke on a topic I happen to know a lot about? As a season ticket holder of the Falcons for 12 years, I know a lot more about the going ons at the stadium than “po’ dunk Saints fan”. The neighborhood the GA Dome is in has always been bad, but without a doubt the “excuse me sir, I’m a Katrina survivor, can you spare some change?” bums triple the current Atlanta bums. And to no surprise, vehicle break ins have went through the roof beginning in the 2005 season. That’s not an opinion, that’s facts.

    I think a tool is more fitting of a person who trolls news on teams they don’t like and gets butt hurt when someone says something they don’t like.

    Bottom Line: Move the team to the north part of the city where the money is, and get rid of the riff raff that the GA Dome brings in.

  79. mattyice211 says: Apr 13, 2012 5:41 PM

    Why are the falcons conceived as a fair weather fan-base. We’ve been around for 45 years, and most of it has been HORRIBLE. My Grandpa is a die-hard falcons fan along with my dad since the Falcons came into the league. I’ve been a die-hard my whole life. What fair weather fan would like a team with a bad history that can’t win? All the fair weather fans are in order: Cowboys, Steelers, and Packers. Notice the teams with winning histories. The reason all the die-hard falcons fans aren’t going to games and other fans are is because all the falcons fans moved away from the city and everyone moves here from other cities for work and buisness. And another thing I hate are the Saints fans that decided to start being die-hards when they won the Super Bowl……And one last thing on my rant. There was a comment about Pittsburgh being a top rated city to live. I’ve traveled to Pitt before, and it might be worse than ATL. Its like they tryed cramming a big city in between 2 mountains and 3 rivers. Traffic is the worst i’ve ever seen ANYWHERE. Theres no way in HELL that its a top rated city. All the money left that city 20 years ago with the steel industry.

    FALCONS FOR LIFE

  80. cootschaos says: Apr 13, 2012 7:12 PM

    Yes Matty, their isn’t a bigger fair weather fan than a Saints fan.. Never saw one until 2006, at least not one without a bag over it’s face.

    Brees will retire in a few years, and the owner will go back to trying to move them out of the city.

  81. olin55 says: Apr 14, 2012 3:32 AM

    To be a World Class city, Atlanta needs to keep the Falcons. To do that, the new stadium should be open air and in a better part of town.

  82. southsiderandy says: Apr 14, 2012 9:43 PM

    I’ve sat silently while folks suggest a better part of town for the Falcons home. For all of you that offer that – where would you suggest? If an area is “nice” they don’t want a stadium there? Would you want it in your back yard?

    Any stadium must be central to the entire metro area as the team’s support come’s from all sides. It is beneficial that it near a Marta station to provide logistics for both patrons and the employees who are paid menial wages. Wisely, the proposal for the new stadium is only a few blocks from the old stadium.

    As far as the beggars; they’ll be found anywhere a large crowd is. Always have, always will. I suggest you give a polite “no” and keep it moving.

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