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New Falcons Venue Plan Calls For Retractable Roof, Demolition Of Georgia Dome
Published April 26, 2012
GONE SO SOON? In Atlanta, Jeff Schultz wrote, “This is the way it works now in sports: Build a stadium for a sports team. A decade or two later (maybe), when the building ceases in its perceived ability to generate enough revenue for the sports owner, then it’s time to build a new one to make him happy.” But Blank should get “credit for this: He’s probably going to pull this off without once alienating the public by threatening to move his team to Los Angeles, Toronto or London, or just selling it to Winnipeg.” Still, there is “something wrong with this,” and there is “something wrong when a perfectly good building is scheduled to be detonated.” It is “easy to understand Blank’s position on this: He can’t generate enough revenue in the Georgia Dome,” which “doesn’t have enough suites, enough signage, enough martini bars.” It is the “reason the Falcons’ overall value pales in comparison to that of other NFL franchises” (AJC.com, 4/25).