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Atlanta Falcons’ Targeted New Stadium Site Denied as Negotiations Fall Through

August 4th, 2013 at 12:14 PM
By Graham Waldrop

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As we wrote a couple of weeks ago, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority was in negotiations with Friendship Baptist Church and Mount Vernon to purchase their land in order to build the Atlanta Falcons proposed new stadium on their locations.

The GWCCA couldn't come to an agreement with either location at this time, and now it appears that the deal for this potential location for the new stadium has completely fallen through. 

Once again, it came down to the GWCCA, Mount Vernon and Friendship Baptist not seeing eye to eye on the value of either location.

Mount Vernon valued their property at around $20 million dollars.  The highest offer they received was around $6.2 million dollars.  Mount Vernon turned out to be the key location for the new stadium to be erected.  Friendship Baptist was reportedly received an offer north of $15 million dollars for their property.  But that offer has been revoked as well.  Now that negotiations have ceased with Mount Vernon, continuing to pursue Friendship Baptist's property would be fruitless.  

The call was made on Thursday to cease negotiating with Mount Vernon and Friendship Baptist according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

On Thursday, the GWCCA replied that it was “abandoning its efforts” at a deal, saying the last offer had matched the highest appraisal received for the property.

The GWCCA now turns its attention to a potential location that is north of the Georgia Dome.  This location is already owned by the state, so the GWCCA doesn't have to try to buy anyone out this time.  The tract of land is larger, but there are a number of other problems that the GWCCA will run into.  This includes the nearest MARTA location (Georgia Dome/Phillips Arena) being a half-mile away.  MARTA is a huge part of transporting fans to Falcons home games.  The great part about it is that it lets fans out right at the Georgia Dome, leading a lot of fans to forget even attempting to drive to the game, and to just take MARTA instead.  Fans will likely be upset about the convenience of MARTA turning into an inconvenience if the stadium is built on this location. Resistance will be expressed by those who live in proximity to the location who feel like the stadium will be too close to their homes.

It seems like the GWCCA simply can't win on either of these locations, and face many roadblocks ahead.  With the hope that all the plans can be finalized by the end of October so that construction can begin, the GWCCA must act quickly to ensure that the location for this new stadium is nailed down as soon as they can.

Would you be willing to make the extra 1/2 mile trek to the new stadium?  How do you feel about the churches not selling?  Let us know in the comments section.



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Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Falcons, Football, Friendship Baptist, Georgia World Congress Center Authority, Mount Vernon, NFL

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