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GWCC Looking To Expand Georgia Dome, Surrounding Area
Published December 4, 2008
|Georgia Dome Could Be Expanded, Moved
To Stay Competitive With Other Cities
COSTLY UPGRADE: In Florida, David Hunt reports the Jaguars want the city of Jacksonville to spend $148M "renovating Jacksonville Municipal Stadium -- more than it cost to build 15 years ago." Senior VP/Stadium Operations & CFO Bill Prescott: "We really haven't had any firm, substantive conversations about it. It is something we really need to begin thinking about." Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton said that he has had "informal discussions with Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver about the stadium," and added that Weaver has been "reasonable about the city's budget concerns but would like to get moving on at least $100[M] of the projects." Peyton said that he is "unsure where the money would come from," as routine maintenance, which is "not part of the renovation proposals, is costing the city" $1-1.5M annually. HOK, which "helped design the stadium," issued a report detailing the renovations which has "sat virtually untouched since its February 2007 publishing" (FLORIDA TIMES UNION, 12/4).