The Georgia World Congress Center Authority Board, Arthur Blank and the City of Atlanta are one step closer to nailing down the location for the new Falcons stadium. Mount Vernon Baptist Church agreed to the $14.5 million dollar settlement offered to them in exchange for their land.
This would allow the powers that be to demolish the church to clear land for the proposed successor to the Falcons current home, the Georgia Dome.
There is still one more obstacle blocking the way of building the stadium on the proposed "south site", and that is nearby Friendship Baptist Church. After Friendship Baptist and the GWCCA could not come to an agreement a few weeks ago, negotiations were halted. It is yet to be seen how that part of the story will play out.
According to various reports, the Georgia Dome would be demolished once the new stadium is fully constructed. The target year for the new Falcons stadium to open is 2017.
With the Georgia Dome only being 21 years old, it's still perplexing as to why the City of Atlanta feels that it's necessary to construct a new stadium (other than the fact that it could attract a Super Bowl bid and possibly attract an MLS team to come to Atlanta), when it's still in good condition.
Is it really worth spending $1 billion dollars to construct a new stadium, destroying what's still a solid and playable arena and two historic churches? Not to mention that the Georgia Dome is still very capable of hosting other events other than Falcons home games.
Mount Vernon and Friendship Baptist will be able to take their money and build new churches in new locations, but this new stadium simply isn't necessary, nor is it wanted. There's very little buzz or support around the city concerning the new stadium.
Regardless of our thoughts on the subject, it appears that the chances of us seeing a new home for the Falcons come 2017 is becoming more and more realistic.
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