The Falcons will get their new stadium, but apparently not in the spot preferred by the powers-that-be.
The Associated Press reports that, in a letter to the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, Falcons CEO Rich McKay explained that the first choice for the stadium location won’t work out because two churches in the footprint of the facility weren’t purchased.
The focus now turns from the south site to the north site, which is farther away from the mass transit line that would bring fans to and from the venue.
Actually, the Falcons originally wanted the north site, but state and city officials wanted the south location, which has the two churches in its path.
McKay’s letter could be the last effort to get the Friendship Baptist Church to blink. The church wanted $24.5 million, and the offer had maxed out at $15.5 million. The deadline for striking deals with the Friendship Baptist Church and Mount Vernon Baptist is Thursday.