Falcons Closing In On Design Firm Decision For New Downtown Stadium
The Falcons and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority this week "begin whittling the list of candidates to design a proposed new retractable-roof stadium," in downtown Atlanta, and the 10 applicants "include Dallas-based HKS, which designed the much-ballyhooed Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and tvsdesign of Atlanta, which designed the Georgia Aquarium," according to Stafford & Tucker of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. Officials said that the Falcons and the GWCCA "plan to choose three to five finalists for the job by Wednesday." While the design firm decision moves forward, the facility's location still is "unresolved" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 1/5). SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Don Muret reports architect Peter Eisenman is "back in the NFL competing for work after Falcons owner's representative Icon Venue Group called the 80-year-old architect and asked him to respond to their request for qualifications." Eisenman Architects was one of the 10 groups "submitting qualifications to design a 72,000-seat stadium in Atlanta." Eisenman Architects "was the only civil architect to submit its qualifications, based on the list of respondents disclosed by the authority in late December." The Falcons and the GWCCA by Wednesday will "short-list qualified candidates, giving those groups time to expand their teams before submitting design proposals before a Feb. 1 deadline" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 1/7 issue).