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SBD/Issue 125/Facilities & Venues
Dome Improvement: Blank Plans $150M Georgia Dome Renovation
Published March 22, 2005
Falcons Owner Arthur Blank is planning changes to the Georgia Dome “to improve the game experience and help the city land the 2009 Super Bowl,” according to Maria Saporta of the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION. But the Falcons need to first reach an agreement with the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which owns the Dome, to make sure it “will be able to get a return” on the investment. A “scaled-back investment” would be made if an agreement is not reached. Blank: “We are going to do this in large part to get the bid (for the 2009 Super Bowl). But the reality is that if we don’t get the bid, this is the right thing to do for Atlanta and our community. If we don’t work out agreements with the state, then we will do less than that.” Saporta writes the investment “bodes well” for the Falcons staying at the Georgia Dome after its lease expires in 2020. Proposed improvements include creating an atrium containing retail stores, restaurants and themed entertainment, some of which would be open year-round. Blank hopes to increase the stadium’s 71,250 capacity by 500-2,000 seats through the building of 20 new suites and at least 500 club seats. The proposal also includes the creation of the Owner’s Club, a members-only facility for up to 225 season-ticket holders costing $3,000-5,000 per membership (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/22).
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