A deal was finally reached with two local churches in downtown Atlanta, and plans have gone ahead to build a new multi-purpose retractable roof stadium which will be ready for play in 2017.
Gone will be the Georgia Dome, which is just over 20-years old. The Dome has become a destination for big events from college and pro football, but also for the Olympics, NCAA basketball, concerts, motocross events and even soccer matches. One of the main draws for a new stadium is the desire for the city to host another Super Bowl, which can mean big financial gains for any host city.
The last time Atlanta hosted one was in 1999, which happened to coincide with a freak winter storm. The rumor on why that was the last time the Dome hosted the big game was because one of the owners of the league slipped on some ice. One of the biggest problems with stadiums in downtown Atlanta is that there is no parking, which means no access to the proper tailgating rituals that NFL stadiums across the country are famous for.
Not only will this new Falcons stadium be used for outdoor football, something the city has been missing, it will always be a potential site for future Super Bowls and even as a host city for some World Cup soccer matches.
Construction for new stadiums now happens almost as fast as the old arenas are torn down and this new one will be no different, but does this city need one? The economic impact makes sense, but how soon until the next stadium is needed and more importantly, how much will it cost?