Matt Ryan throws a pass in the second half of Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons beat the Raiders 23-20. (Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE)
ATLANTA -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says Atlanta needs a new stadium to keep up with other NFL cities and make a serious bid for hosting a Super Bowl.
The commissioner will meet with Governor Nathan Deal, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and other city leaders on Monday to discuss plans for a retractable roof stadium to replace the Georgia Dome.
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"There are always difficult projects," he told reporters before Sunday's Falcons Cowboys game. "When you're going through a project like this, you have to balance a lot of issues. They're financial. They're also making sure you find a solution that works in the community and works with the team."
The Falcons are seeking partial public funding for the project. If approved, the hotel-motel tax would contribute $300 million to the costs. The Falcons would cover the rest.
The Falcons would also get to keep revenues as operators of the new stadium under current plans.
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The plans would also guarantee the Falcons stay in Atlanta for another 30 years.