by Brad Biggs
November 06, 02012
The Atlanta Falcons are on a roll this season as the NFL’s only remaining unbeaten team at 8-0.
They’re also making progress off the field on a stadium to replace the outdated Georgia Dome.
Commissioner Roger Goodell is optimistic a retractable-roof stadium can be built in Atlanta to serve as a new home for Arthur Blank’s club.
“There is a recognition that it’s the right thing to do and they are going through a very healthy process to find a solution that is going to work for all parties,” Goodell said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution after a speaking engagement at the Rotary Club of Atlanta.
Goodell was in town for the weekend and attended the game Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys. According to the report, he met with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Monday morning with the stadium issue at the forefront of their discussions.
“When you are going to approach a complex project like this, there is always a lot about what is the right thing and the wrong thing,” Goodell said. “What should be the participation level in the public-private partnership? Where to build it? What to build?
“I think their process over a long period of time has been very healthy,” Goodell said. “There is a good opportunity and the NFL wants to be a part of creating something very special. We want to be a part of this community for a long time. We hope that wherever they put the stadium, they make it a bigger and better place.”
The NFL successfully aided the Minnesota Vikings get a new stadium deal in place and Atlanta could be the next city to get a new building.
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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune