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Plan For New Vikings Stadium Next To Metrodome On Fast Track
Published February 6, 2012
OPEN-AIR DEBATE: In Atlanta, Tucker & Stafford noted the Falcons' "desired open-air stadium might wind up with a retractable roof if ongoing negotiations get bogged down." While both the Falcons and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority said that the "focus remains on trying to reach a deal that would put the team in an outdoor stadium and preserve the nearby Georgia Dome for indoor events, neither side shuts the door on the option of an indoor/outdoor, retractable-roof facility." That option would be "much more expensive, could make the Dome unneeded and would represent a change in stance for the Falcons, who have expressed a preference for an open-air stadium without the added cost of a retractable roof." Falcons President & CEO Rich McKay: "As we've said before, a variety of options have been on the table for quite some time, and none of them have been eliminated to date" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 2/4). When asked what would bring a Super Bowl back to Atlanta, Falcons Owner Arthur Blank said, "One of the ways is to have an open-air stadium, to be honest. The owners are very sensitive and typically very supportive of communities where there's financial public support for a new stadium" (11alive.com, 2/6).