Recent reports have surfaced to announce the Atlanta Falcons have had the design and budget approved for a new stadium. The teams spent their first 26 seasons at the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
In 1992, Atlanta moved to the Georgia Dome and has been there ever since.
The team’s lease at the Georgia Dome expires in 2020, or when the bonds that financed the Dome’s construction are paid off. At that point, the Dome will be 25 years old.
Despite seeing plenty of history throughout the years, that is a quite old stadium for the NFL.
Atlanta Falcons New Stadium is Technical
A new stadium in Atlanta is estimated to cost around $1.2 billion, with a portion of that coming from a “hotel-motel tax.” This tax comes from Georgia visitors staying in hotel and motel rooms.
The Falcons will end up contributing $200 million, while the league and seat licensing will be responsible for roughly $800 million. Tim Lowe, board chairman of The Georgia World Congress Center Authority, exclaimed:
“We get $200 million more of whistles and bells, and the public is not charged any more for it. I think it absolutely has the potential of being the best stadium in the world.”
The stadium designs look simply incredible. With an open-aired atmosphere, the stadium has been built from a fan’s perspective. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank explained:
“We did polling in Atlanta. Most of our fans prefer an open air stadium. My charge to the design team is that everything has to be viewed through the filter of the fans.”
Groundbreaking Stadium Features
Designs feature a halo-style video board at the top center of the stadium. From above, the entire stadium will look like the iris of a camera. Essentially, it will work the same way too; allowing the stadium to open and close its roof.
The bar also comes with its own unique features as well, keeping fans digitally informed of where the Falcons are on the field.
There are economic development benefits as well. Over the three-year construction period, the project is estimated to add more than 1,400 full-time equivalent new jobs to Atlanta and more than 4,500 new jobs to the state’s economy. The project will generate more than $150 million and $400 million in total economic impact to the city and state, respectively, including more than $72 million and $160 million in personal income, respectively.
You can view a video below, which features the lead architect behind the Atlanta Falcons new stadium. What do you think of the design and cost of the new stadium?
You can find more information on the stadium here.
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