New stadium could land another Super Bowl for Atlanta

If they build it, they should apply.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, in Atlanta for the league’s spring meetings Tuesday, said he would encourage the Falcons to submit a proposal to host the Super Bowl if the franchise can get a new stadium constructed.

The Falcons and Arthur Blank are in planning stages as they attempt to follow the Minnesota Vikings in getting support and funding for a new building. The fact of the matter is the NFL often works to reward cities with new stadiums with at least one Super Bowl. Atlanta has hosted the game twice – in 1994 and 2000, when an ice storm paralyzed much of the area.

“The issue that we always raise — and this came up in Minnesota (where) they’re building a closed-roof stadium, it appears, and have the same interest — (is that) the reality of what’s happening is it is becoming more and more competitive to host a Super Bowl,” Goodell said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“But these stadiums are our stage, and they are one of the key components in hosting a Super Bowl, along with having, obviously, the infrastructure. So certainly, if (a new stadium) gets done (here), we’d encourage them to apply.”

Originally, the Falcons were discussing an open-air stadium for downtown Atlanta. Lately, talks have turned to a new venue with a retractable roof.

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