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The Atlanta Falcons have changed their mind in wanting to build a new retractable-roof stadium that would result in the demolition of the Georgia Dome.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Falcons and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority revealed Wednesday that they are negotiating a deal.

Falcons president Rich McKay said the Falcons, who previously favored an open-air stadium, now believe a retractable-roof facility is the best solution for all parties. The new stadium would accommodate both indoor and outdoor events.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made it clear a new stadium would be needed if Atlanta wants to land another Super Bowl. The Georgia Dome hosted the championship game in 1994 and 2000, but two bids to bring the game back to the city have been rejected.

According to the AJC on Friday, the cost of demolishing the current Georgia Dome and building the new stadium could top $1 billion.

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