Latest Falcons' plan calls for retractable roof stadium

It’s still mighty early in the process but as the Atlanta Falcons quietly work to get a new stadium built, a new plan has emerged.

The latest proposal would call for a retractable-roof stadium with a price tag of nearly $950 million to be built downtown with the existing Georgia Dome being demolished. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the latest plan replaces one that called for an open-air stadium to be built downtown. That stadium was going to come at an estimated cost of $700 million, making the new plan significantly more expensive.

The plan is to bring in public funds from a hotel-motel occupancy tax that would generate up to $300 million. Falcons president Rich McKay said progress has been made toward a deal.

The Falcons have played in the Georgia Dome since 1992 but believe it is outdated now in terms of premium seating and other revenue builders. Of course, one of the obstacles that must be tackled is how the public will react to demolishing a stadium that has been open such a short period of time.

Is it possible the new lifespan for sports facilities is two to three decades?

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