That new 65,000-seat, open-air Atlanta Falcons stadium, officially proposed almost a year ago, could shortly have money headed its way, based on insights by Creative Loafing's Thomas Wheatley into Governor Nathan Deal's 2012 budget proposal. CL cites a Georgia World Congress Center Authority spokesperson who says the $15 million in bond money could go toward parking or "the potential open-air stadium."
The thrust of the report is that the stadium, which had been proposed as an east-to-west facility, would need to be shifted to a north-and-south deal, as the NFL prefers for neither team to have the disadvantage of sending its offense straight into sunlight.
Interpret it how you'd like, but it does appear the move to make Atlanta a two-stadium town is being heavily considered. CL further reports the deal is as effectively done as it can be without anything actually happening.
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