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SBD/October 30, 2012/Facilities
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Published October 30, 2012
GEORGIA ON MY MIND: In Atlanta, Jim Galloway noted while the Fulton County (Ga.) hotel-motel taxes are "expected to contribute" $300M to the Falcons' proposed new stadium, the bonding capacity for the Georgia World Congress Center Authority "is capped" at $200M. To allow the GWCCA to issue bonds on the entire $300M "would require an act of the Legislature, topped off by the signature of Gov. Nathan Deal." An extension of the hotel-motel tax in '10 "was to keep the project away from lawmakers." State Sen. Edward Lindsey said it is "very likely" the GWCCA bonding cap will have to be raised. Galloway noted that means 236 state lawmakers will "be asked to pass judgment on the merits of any funding package agreed to by the Falcons, the GWCCA and the city of Atlanta." The prospect "already has many state lawmakers running for cover" (AJC.com, 10/27).
JERRY'S WORLD: In Dallas, Kevin Sherrington wrote Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones has "built the most spectacular stadium in all sports, a venue so vast, so stunning in concept and opulent in execution, it’d make an oil sheikh blush." From "exquisite objects of art in the stairwells to the bohemian culture decorating the party plazas, there’s something for everyone." Everything but "a home-field advantage." After Sunday's loss to the Giants, the Cowboys are "an underwhelming" 14-13 at home since the stadium opened in '09 (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/28).
TURF'S UP: In Houston, David Barron reported AstroTurf arrived yesterday at Reliant Stadium and "will be used for high school playoff games as early as next month and potentially, high school championship games in 2013." Reliant Park GM Mark Miller said that the new AstroTurf field "cost about $1.2 million, including installation, maintenance and storage equipment." Reliant Park "will continue to use its grass field for Texans games" (CHRON.com, 10/29).