In the midst of the Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium location debate, another contender has risen. Not from the ashes, though if the stadium were to actually land on Franklin Road in Marietta by some million-to-one shot it might seem that way.
Are those odds a bit extreme? Only maybe.
With the news that Friendship Baptist Church turned down the $13.5 million offered for their property and building, the Marietta buzz is taking off and again taking on a life of its own. However, what Marietta mayor Steve Tumlin isn’t taking into account is not only are negotiations for the proposed site in the very early stages, but there is another site to the north of the desired site that all parties have agreed could be suitable and workable. That being said, it’s also being reported that Tumlin is seeking assistance on how to prepare a stadium proposal.
There’s no question a stadium along the Franklin Road corridor would certainly be a change. Its reputation isn’t the best, to say the least. That change, however, wouldn’t necessarily be a positive one. Planting a new, bright, pretty stadium in the middle of a bad area isn’t the automatic yellow brick road to Oz, though those in favor would certainly like to paint it that way. Without a definite plan in place, the consequences could easily darken or even blot out the possible benefits. The Marietta buzz isn’t brand new, and issues in the Franklin Road corridor aren’t either.
Don’t expect serious consideration to be given to the idea, even if the Marietta proposal makes it to the formal stages. If anything, the what-could-be’s of a stadium on Franklin Road wouldn’t make it further than mere consideration from Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank. The man knows where he wants his stadium and, as he’s proven in the past, he generally gets what he wants.