The Falcons are one step closer to getting a new stadium. According to the AJC, it is possible that the new outdoor stadium could open as soon as 2017.
Both parties emphasized the memorandum does not constitute a done deal, but rather allows them to begin negotiations over details of the project, including financing.
But the Falcons have made it clear that they want a new open-air stadium, rejecting alternatives such as expanding the Georgia Dome, adding a retractable roof to the facility or building a new dome with a retractable roof.
A new stadium could open as soon as 2017, officials said, and would be built on a site just over a half-mile north of the Georgia Dome
It is all fun and games until Personal Seat Licenses come into the picture. Hopefully a new stadium will not put current season ticket holders (i.e. yours truly) on the outside looking in.
I can understand why the Falcons ownership and management wants a new stadium; PSLs, improved sales, better revenue streams, etc. I would rather have a retractable roof than a 100% open air stadium. It is possible from time to time that the weather will suck, but I guess I am a softie compared to the old Fulton County Stadium days.
Final comment, I cannot believe that the stadium Authority group would leave the GA Dome up after building a new stadium. I think they should raze it to the ground, and rebuild on that location, or turn it into a massive parking garage and tailgating location.