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Goodell Indicates Atlanta Needs New Stadium To Land Super Bowl

The 18-Year-Old Georgia Dome Hosted
The Super Bowl In '94 And '00

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday said that Atlanta "likely will have to build a new stadium if it wants to host its third Super Bowl," according to Paul Newberry of the AP. The 18-year-old Georgia Dome hosted the Super Bowl in '94 and '00, but Falcons Owner Arthur Blank "has since been rebuffed twice in efforts to land" another championship game. Goodell said, "The bar has been raised because you're getting great facilities around the country in great communities. These games are a tremendous value to the communities, so there's a lot of competition for it. So I think a new stadium with this great community would be beneficial to bringing another Super Bowl to this community." Newberry noted the Falcons have been "pushing for a new facility to replace their longtime home, contending the Georgia Dome no longer produces sufficient revenues to keep up with newer stadiums around the league." The state, however, has proposed a "major renovation and even discussed the idea of installing a retractable roof to meet the team's desire to have an open-air facility" (AP, 11/11). In Atlanta, Aaron Gould Sheinin reports Georgia Gov.-elect Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed met with Goodell Thursday night as part of their effort "to try and bring the Super Bowl back to Atlanta." Goodell after the meeting said, "The competition for the Super Bowl is really at an all-time high, in a large part because of the new stadiums. The provisions that they have for a new stadium in this great community, I think that’s a pretty powerful force. We have a history of going back to communities when they have those new stadiums.” Sheinin notes Atlanta is "competing with its own Super Bowl history" as well. When it hosted the Super Bowl in '00, the city was "socked by a brutal ice storm and a post-game attack in Buckhead that left two men dead" and Ravens LB Ray Lewis "charged with murder" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 11/12).

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