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Falcons could move to suburbs for new stadium

10:16 PM, Feb 14, 2013   |    comments
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Cornerback Brent Grimes #20 of the Atlanta Falcons taunts guard Ryan Lilja #65 of the Kansas City Chiefs after the Falcons intercepted the ball during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Kansas City (Getty Images)

ATLANTA---The Atlanta Falcons will play football in Metro Atlanta 4 years from now, but the big question is where.

Issues of public funding and community improvements are clouding the Falcons goal of building a $1-Billion dollar stadium downtown.

Just last night at a packed Atlanta City Council meeting, Rich McKay, Falcons President made it clear that the Team and its owner Arthur Blank want to stay downtown.

"We want to give this opportunity every chance to succeed and that's been our focus," McKay said.

But McKay made it clear that if downtown objections win out, the Falcons will go outside the City.

So what are the reported choices right now?

The first one keeps the Stadium downtown, with a new retractable roof stadium just across the parking lot from the current Georgia Dome.

But if that doesn't work, and the Falcons must head to the suburbs, mentioned as a possible alternative is the site of the former General Motors Assembly Plant in Doraville near Spaghetti Junction off I-85.

And if that doesn't work, another possibility being tossed around is the industrial area surrounding Six Flags in Cobb County.

If the Stadium goes to the suburbs, it could mean a multi-million dollar windfall to businesses and hotels.

But McKay has made it clear--there are no deadlines on making a decision and talks on building the new stadium are continuing.

The bottom line for the Falcons, they say, is in a new stadium somewhere for the start of the 2017 season.

 

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