Goodell pushing for new stadium in Atlanta

If you build it, they will come.

In other words, if the Atlanta Falcons get a new stadium, the NFL will deliver a Super Bowl to the city for the third time. Until then, it’s not happening.

Commissioner Roger Goodell, visiting the Georgia Dome for tonight’s game between the Falcons and the Baltimore Ravens, said the city needs a new facility to get a Super Bowl. Atlanta hosted the game in 1994 and 2000, and per the Associated Press, Falcons owner Arthur Blank has been rebuffed twice in his efforts to land the game.

"The bar has been raised because you're getting great facilities around the country in great communities," Goodell said during a reception before the game, held on a rooftop overlooking Centennial Olympic Park. "These games are a tremendous value to the communities, so there's a lot of competition for it. So I think a new stadium with this great community would be beneficial to bringing another Super Bowl to this community."

The Falcons would like to move into an open-air facility. They’re just one of a handful of franchises looking for a new stadium, joining Minnesota, Oakland and San Diego. San Francisco has a deal in place but it’s already been postponed once.

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