Residents speak out on proposed Falcons stadium - New York News

Residents speak out on proposed Falcons stadium

Posted: Updated:
Despite their success on the field, the debate continues over whether or not the Atlanta Falcons need a new stadium to play in. Despite their success on the field, the debate continues over whether or not the Atlanta Falcons need a new stadium to play in.
ATLANTA -

Atlanta has been buzzing for months over the Falcons push for a new stadium, but many residents still aren't sold on the idea of helping to pay for a new $1 billion facility—even despite the team's success on the field.  On Monday night, the public got the chance to ask questions about the proposal at a forum.  

The Falcons have called the Georgia Dome home for 20 years, but now they want a new place to play.  The proposed stadium would have a retractable roof—and a hefty price tag.  

While the team would cover the bulk of the cost, and estimated $300 million would come from the state's hotel/motel tax.  Some residents believe that money could be better spent on things like infrastructure or roadways.   

But there's another side.  As Frank Poe, executive director of the Georgia World Congress Center pointed out, 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.  The Georgia Dome as it stands is 100% public.  

Still, some can't get over the idea that the Georgia Dome is just 20 years old, and still has a lot of life left in it.

NFL officials say a new stadium would increase the city's likelihood of landing another Super Bowl.

When asked if the new stadium was a done deal, Poe said it isn't yet—and won't be until an agreement is signed.  He added that they are very close to an agreement, and they hope to have it signed by the end of the year.  The Falcons hope to be playing in a new stadium by 2017.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Friday Night Live: August 22, 2014

    Friday Night Live: August 22, 2014

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:34 PM EDT2014-08-23 02:34:20 GMT
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this episode: Ace Frehley, Big Sean, Week End Trends, and Chef Luca Manfé of MasterChef.
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this episode: Ace Frehley, Big Sean, Week End Trends, and Chef Luca Manfé of MasterChef.
  • Berg'n: new beer and food hall in Brooklyn

    Berg'n: new beer and food hall in Brooklyn

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-08-23 02:00:35 GMT
    The guys behind the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg are at it again with a new food and booze venue called Berg'n, a new beer hall in Crown Heights. The place doesn't officially open until August 27, 2014, but owners Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler are giving it a test run for special guests, family, and the press.
    The guys behind the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg are at it again with a new food and booze venue called Berg'n, a new beer hall in Crown Heights. The place doesn't officially open until August 27, 2014, but owners Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler are giving it a test run for special guests, family, and the press.
  • Giving your college-bound kids their space

    Giving your college-bound kids their space

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:31 PM EDT2014-08-23 01:31:50 GMT
    Going off to college is an exciting time for the entire family, especially for the upcoming freshman. But with technology, parents can be in touch all the time. What's too much and what's just enough? Freshman move-in day seems to be harder on the parents than the students at Stony Brook University.
    Going off to college is an exciting time for the entire family, especially for the upcoming freshman. But with technology, parents can be in touch all the time. What's too much and what's just enough? Freshman move-in day seems to be harder on the parents than the students at Stony Brook University.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices