Over the past few months, the Atlanta Falcons have pushed for a new stadium to replace the legendary Georgia Dome. Despite the team’s success this season, many Atlantans don’t feel it’s worth paying for a new stadium with a $1 billion price tag.
On Monday night, Morehouse College held a forum in Sale Hall Auditorium for the public to address their concerns and ask questions about the stadium proposal.
The Falcons have called the Georgia Dome home for over 20 years. On March 15th, in an interview with Mayor Kasim Reed, he issued his support for the new stadium saying he believes Atlanta would be awarded a Super Bowl if the proposal passed. The Falcons proposed for the new stadium to have a retractable roof in the new stadium, which would give them the option of having indoor or outdoor home games.
Many Atlantans feel that the stadium is still fairly new and could host more games and events, before needing refurbishing or in this case, needing an entirely new stadium.
While the team would cover the bulk of the cost, an estimated $300 million would come from the state’s hotel/motel tax. Many residents feel that this proposal would be a waste of taxpayers’ dollars and that the money could be better spent on things like infrastructure or roadways.
According to Frank Poe, executive director of the Georgia World Congress Center, you must also think about the up front cost and the money a new stadium could generate. Poe said he believes with the Falcons kicking in most of the cash, they would be more invested in the project’s success.
As of now, the new stadium proposal has not passed and won’t be passed until an agreement is made. However, if an agreement is made, the Falcons hope to be playing in a new stadium by 2017.
Submitted by: Brent Yancy, Student Writer