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Volume 24 No. 156
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Falcons Present Complete Designs For New Stadium, With Opening Still Planned For '17

The Falcons yesterday "presented complete design plans for their new stadium" to the Georgia World Congress Center Authority BOD and "declared the project on track to open as scheduled in less than three years," according to Tim Tucker of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. Falcons President & CEO Rich McKay said, "We are in full go. We have a March 2017 date that we are certainly marching toward." Tucker notes the new design documents "show much more detail, but no dramatic changes from earlier renderings" of the angular, retractable-roof stadium. The GWCCA BOD "voted to authorize" its Exec Dir Frank Poe to “approve the design documents after a follow-up meeting with the Falcons later this week." The plans "provide 70,427 permanent seats for Falcons games, expandable to 74,916 for the Super Bowl and SEC Championship game by adding temporary seating in the end zones and at the top of the upper bowl along the sidelines" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 7/30).