Originally written January 29, 2013 on The Victory Formation:
Last month, the Atlanta Falcons and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority reached an agreement that put forth the plans for a new downtown stadium.  As reported by the AJC on Monday, the five finalists for designing the stadium have been chosen.  It appears, though, that not everything is quite a done deal just yet.  According to FOX 5 Atlanta, Mayor Kasim Reed informed members of the city council that some in Los Angeles are interested in relocating the team to southern California. Per FOX 5, team owner Arthur Blank shared this information with Mayor Reed and other city officials, and: Reed called in council members one at a time to tell them that the city needs to take a more aggressive lead in the public financing portion of the proposed open air stadium. The Falcons would foot most of the $1-billion bill for the new stadium, but the state would have to come up with $300 million, most of which would come from an extension of a current hotel-motel tax. The move would require the state legislature to increase the World Congress Center’s debt limit by $100 million. Earlier, Gov. Nathan Deal said the climate at the state Capitol would not [...]
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