Atlanta Falcons: NFL commish Goodell says there’s ‘need’ for new stadium

The question was put to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as he stood on the Falcons’ current field Sunday night.

Why should taxpayers help to foot the bill for a new home for Arthur Blank’s team?

“Well, I think there’s a recognition that they do need a new stadium,” Goodell said before the Falcons played the Cowboys at the Georgia Dome. “The question is, how do you do something that makes sense for the community and how do you combine that with what they want to do with the (World) Congress Center? And do it in a way that’s responsible and creates more activity. That’s what the discussion is on both sides.”

The Falcons are seeking partial public financing for a $1 billion retractable-roof stadium to be built in downtown Atlanta. The new stadium would replace the 20-year old Georgia Dome, which is operated by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority.

In 2010 state legislators extended the Fulton County’s hotel-motel tax, which is expected to contribute $300 million to the costs of a new stadium. But the bonding capacity for the GWCCA, which also would operate the new facility, is capped at $200 million.

Raising the cap to allow the GWCCA to issue bonds on the entire $300 million would require an act of the Legislature and the signature of Gov. Nathan Deal. Some lawmakers have said they are waiting to see the details of the final deal between the Falcons and the GWCCA.

The Falcons would cover the costs of the stadium beyond the $300 million. The GWCCA said it hopes to reach agreement with the Falcons by the end of the year.

A new stadium would likely mean significantly more revenue for the Falcons as compared to the Dome and also an increase in the value of the franchise.

“It’s important for the team to have a [new] stadium when you’re competing against other markets when a [new] stadium can generate more revenue,” Goodell said.

The NFL in the past has awarded the Super Bowl to cities with new stadiums for their teams. But Goodell, asked if Atlanta would improve its chances for a Super Bowl with a new facility, said only that it would allow the city to “compete against other markets” for the right.

Atlanta hosted Super Bowls in 1994 and 2000 but failed in subsequent bids after an ice storm disrupted the 2000 event.

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John

November 4th, 2012
11:45 pm

I like the georgia dome..

Mike Bell 790

November 4th, 2012
11:46 pm

Fullback Who Can Catch.

November 5th, 2012
12:03 am

Who wouldn’t like a new stadium in the suburbs (north, south, east or west, I don’t care), with tons of free parking?

Gwinett Arena seems to do just fine with free parking.

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November 5th, 2012
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November 5th, 2012
12:13 am

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Falcons Chic

November 5th, 2012
12:30 am

Unbelievable. 8-0. I think my stomach is still churning. Ugly win, but lovely win. Thank you, Birds.

Dr. Warren

November 5th, 2012
12:33 am

Wow, a 20 year old stadium. And how old is the Super Dome? 37, to be exact.

Billy

November 5th, 2012
12:36 am

if Atlanta is never getting another Super Bowl because of an ice storm, then Dallas should never get another one, either!

Uhh why?

November 5th, 2012
12:42 am

There’s nothing wrong with the GA Dome. I don’t understand why Atlanta “needs” a new stadium. Goodell will say anything, so that’s no concern. There are certainly better causes my tax dollars could go to.

Uhh why?

November 5th, 2012
12:42 am

There’s nothing wrong with the GA Dome. I don’t understand why Atlanta “needs” a new stadium. Goodell will say anything, so that’s no concern. There are certainly better causes my tax dollars could go to.

MarkATL

November 5th, 2012
12:49 am

GA Dome works for me :)

JuanATL

November 5th, 2012
1:17 am

If the Falcons win a SB, I’ll support them getting a new stadium.

falcon4dayz

November 5th, 2012
1:28 am

i love the dome, we dont “need” a new stadium

THE ATLER

November 5th, 2012
1:50 am

Who cares what Goodell thinks or says.

Meli

November 5th, 2012
1:57 am

Well, if Commissioner Goodell believes the Falcons need a new stadium, and he is speaking on behalf of the NFL, then the NFL should pay for it.

Bird backer

November 5th, 2012
2:35 am

Don’t stay in a hotel in Atlanta and you won’t pay any taxes for the new stadium…

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BobbyDawg

November 5th, 2012
6:33 am

There are a lot of stadiums around the NFL that need replacing worse than The Dome. Unless they do something about the crime rate and the excessive amount or “street people” in Atlanta they need to get on out in the suburbs to build a new stadium.

Mike Franklin

November 5th, 2012
8:30 am

So, every 20 years or so… somebody has to pay for a new stadium? Heck, when people buy a home, they keep it for a long time because it is a long term investment.

But… never mind the common sense. Go ahead, build your new stadium. Just please put it somewhere… ANYWHERE but in Atlanta. Build it where there is room for parking and tailgating.

falconfeverfan

November 5th, 2012
8:35 am

undefeated at 8-0 haters are or better reconize the fact that ATL FALCONS are just a good flat out team!

loel

November 5th, 2012
9:36 am

So a new stadium would INCREASE the “value of the franchise”…..who cares and what good would that be unless the team is sold. The falcons are 8-0 now with no increased value and the same stadium. Leave it alone as long as we have the dead brained democrats in office.

5150 UOAD

November 5th, 2012
10:33 am

WOW….So we NEED to Spend a bunch of money to raise prices for the seats in the New Stadium to COMPETE for more revenue? STUPID
The DOME is the place for football games…..College….Bowls……High School….Concerts

So AGAIN WHY do we need a new stadium for 8 NFL games and maybe a Super Bowl once every 4-5 years? The DOME is 20 years old and we only have 1 superbowl when it was Brand new……………………SCREW the NFL and Goodell.

Bryan G.

November 5th, 2012
10:34 am

A new stadium would cost fans/taxpayers in two ways: (1) In financing the stadium and (2) in paying the inevitable higher ticket costs and PSLs. If the Falcons want a new stadium, they can pay for it. A new stadium won’t bring any new revenue to Atlanta – it will only cost money for taxpayers and fans. The Dome is a perfectly fine stadium and only 20 years old. No need for a new one.

Delbert D.

November 5th, 2012
10:39 am

Do the fans need a new stadium? I don’t think it is a pressing need. Would the value of the franchise be increased? On the asset side, of course it would, with an infusion of hundreds of millions of “free” money on the backs of taxpayers. As long as the Georgia World Congress Center Authority is involved, any deal will be full of questionable motives. As long as the City of Atlanta is involved, it will be corrupt.

Let Mr. Blank build an open air stadium north of the city. The fan base will be much better served, and the moochers and money grubbers can look for other boondoggles in Atlanta-Fulton County to hustle the sheep.

mrcvsjr

November 5th, 2012
10:45 am

@loel @9:36
Do some fact checking before posting. This is a Republican state. So if they decide to raise the bond cap, then it will be because the Republicans and Deals cronies and not the Democrats.

5150 UOAD

November 5th, 2012
10:50 am

mrcvsjr……………he is talking Washington…….Georgia Politicians can’t fix the US Economy that will get more money in people’s pockets and therefore have that money to spend on the $$$$$ Tickets and new stadium.

Leebo11Gator

November 5th, 2012
11:04 am

Godell’s argument is worthless. With the Salary Cap in the NFL, the Falcons are able to compete equally with all other teams, while generating a profit for Mr. Blank. The profits go to him and the Georgia World Congress, and probably the city has some stake in the current structure. So what is not working? We don’t get a Super Bowl. Who Cares? We have the SEC Championship, Chick Fil A Bowl, we get NCAA Basketball Finals, Concerts, etc. Atlanta is not lacking for big time events because we don’t have a better facility, except the Super Bowl.

As a season ticket holder for the Falcons, I don’t want to pay PSL’s in the new stadium, have to pay even MORE for parking and concessions..when it is not going help the Falcons get any better.

The Dome is fine.

Next!

Preston Thompson

November 5th, 2012
11:07 am

Delbert……..you’re dead on. Screw Goddell. What’s wrong with the dome as it is. If it ever got to where the events didn’t have room then that’s another thing. But they just ain’t got that problem. How often is the dome sold out? It seems the ones that don’t have to put up the money love to spend what ain’t theirs. Plus I just know Aurthur won’t allow the birds to increase in value off the tax payers. He’s just to honest a fellow, right?

Anyway, who said the win yesterday was ugly? I never heard such a thing. Winning is never ugly. Losing is ugly so that’s not part of the conversation. But the Falcons has got to find a fire breathing running back. Why not try Smith? He has a lot more fire than Turner. It just don’t take much to stop him. And did you see that linebacker hit our midget in the middle. He looked like a baseball hitting Chipper bat. Stopped very quick.

Tommy

November 5th, 2012
11:08 am

You should not have to replace or build new stadiums every 20 years or so years to satisfy the NFL,NBA, or Major League Bsaeball. You might get a SuperBowl every 10 years. The GA Dome is a geat facility. If the Falcons want a new stadium, let Blank and his buddy’s build it, not the public.

DawgDad

November 5th, 2012
11:09 am

“Well, I think there’s a recognition that they do need a new stadium,” Goddell said

Corporate extortion of the public and taxpayer. I hail from St. Louis, I’ve seen the NFL do this before first hand. I predict if they attempt to use public funds, (1) it will get voted down, or (2) it will cost a Governor an election.

Like to know what my wife thought of this when she heard that? Keep in mind, she votes.

Rtheomoorejr

November 5th, 2012
11:12 am

I think Atlanta could benefit from a New stadium! The talk is the Falcons and the GWCC are looking to build it at the corner of MLK and Northside dr. This location is perfect if the revitalize the vine city area. I envision hotels/brownstones/retail all along Northside dr. In addition after the new stadium is built the location that the dome currently sits on could be developed into the best tailgating in the NFL! Just saying!

DawgDad

November 5th, 2012
11:15 am

One other thing – if the NFL can get a new stadium for the Falcons on the taxpayers’ dime with lucrative revenue streams and tax breaks in another city they will move the team in a heartbeat. Don’t think they can’t or won’t. And don’t think I’d sit still for a moment as a taxpayer (even though I’m a football nut) and let them extort public funding for a new stadium here, when we don’t need it.

My Vote

November 5th, 2012
11:15 am

So if they build one with a stationary roof then the public should be under no obligation to pitch in.

I vote for that. Arthur, you build the new Georgia Dome.

Ueeediot

November 5th, 2012
11:16 am

right, because the GA Dome revitalized the area its in, so it makes perfect sense to think a new stadium a tenth of a mile of the street will help.
Oh, and they wont tear the GA Dome down. Its owned by GA World Congress Center.

Josh

November 5th, 2012
11:26 am

I like the Dome for noise and max seating. However, there’s something not right about playing football indoors in Georgia.

Speed Racer

November 5th, 2012
11:28 am

No, no, no, no, no! No need to spend a billion on new stadium. If the interior of the Dome is lacking then spend $250-$500 million and gut/rebuild the inside. Current building and location is fine. New stadium will not be near the MARTA either. Dumb move.

Speed Racer

November 5th, 2012
11:29 am

@Rtheomoorejr: They are talking about building it NORTH of the current location, north of the World Congress Center. Even further from the MARTA stations. Dumb move.

DP

November 5th, 2012
11:34 am

The idea of tearing down a 20 year old facility which is apparently modern enough to host the SEC championship game every year as well as NCAA Final Fours and other major events to add more zeros to Arthur Blank’s net worth, during a near depression aided by public financing, is a disgrace. I’d rather see Atlanta tell Blank to move the Falcons when the lease on the Dome is up rather than tear down a perfectly good facility and put $1 into a new facility.

Blank is like one of those 23 year old women on the HGTV Househunters shows who walks into a kitchen and whines “I wanted granite countertops!” Arthur, if you want a better facility, pull together investments from some of your rich buddies to buy shares in the team, get out your own checkbook, and have at it.

DP

November 5th, 2012
11:45 am

I regularly see Arthur Blank’s fellow Home Depot billionaire buddies Bernie Marcus and Ken Langone on TV whining about government spending, but they like the welfare fine when it’s for corporations or the top 1% of the top 1%. They’ll hire some “independent consultant” to show the city of Atlanta to show that the potential massive economic benefits from one or two possible Super Bowls in the first decade before the new facility is too old to be modern enough will more than offset the cost of 20-30 years of debt service by Atlanta taxpayers on Arthur’s new facility.

bo joe ellis

November 5th, 2012
11:48 am

Build it out of the downtown hell hole..Un-safe area period!

newkid

November 5th, 2012
11:49 am

Very recently it was reported that Georgia taxpayers receive a $5.50 return for every dollar the state invests in deepening the harbor at Savannah; if true, this sort of project provides a clear benefit to taxpayers. What’s the comparable ROI for state investment in a new stadium? In determining how much Georgia taxpayers should share in the stadium costs, how much consideration should be given to the fact that taxpayers already foot a significant portion of the costs of the infrastructure (e.g., roads, rail, water/sewer, etc) that make such venues successful?

The Living Legend

November 5th, 2012
11:50 am

First of all, why build a stadium and spend all this money on a new stadium just to host one (maybe two) Super Bowls? In 20 years we will “need” a ne facility to “compete” with the other places for a Super Bowl. Also, how many of us would actually go to the Super Bowl anyways? Not very many!!!!!!! It would cause most of us a headache with the traffic, extra police working, etc. for the week. How many of us would personally benefit from all that? None of us!!!!!!!!!! No to a new stadium!!!!!!!!!!!!! If it does pass, bring it up some place around 285 and 75. Do not leave it in some of the dumps of Atlanta. I have been to the Titans stadium, in Nashville, and it is a much better facility and the tailgating was much more fun, because it was a bit away from all the downtown stuff.

JoeFann

November 5th, 2012
11:50 am

Note the key phrases “significantly more revenue for the Falcons” and “an increase in the value of the franchise.” Both are benefits to the Falcons (privately owned) and the NFL (a privately owned non-profit entity,” not the public being asked to finance it through taxes, or invest in it through bonds. Remember that Mr. Goodell works for the owners, so it’s in his (and their) interests to do both, again without direct public benefit. An increase in revenue will only come from increased ticket revenues, parking fees, and a better cut of concessions. There would be very minor increased tax revenues as a result. The primary public benefit would be short-term, primarily the cost of construction. In this economic climate, I just don’t see hitting taxpayers again, when you have a perfectly good stadium now. AFCS was built for multiple purposes in 1965 and served adequately, if not spectacularly, for 30 years. Since the Dome was built specifically to house football, why isn’t it good enough for at least 10 more years to give us a chance to recover some lost ground? Not saying we won’t get some benefit, but right now, the costs outweigh them.

5150 UOAD

November 5th, 2012
11:54 am

Living Legend………….the Titan Stadium in the the Heart of Downtown Nashville. Broad & 2 Ave is what the old Buckhead bar district used to be.

The new Stadium would have to be on the MARTA line. It needs be be where 1000’s of people can have hotel rooms and restaurants. The DOME is Perfect in so many ways.

DP

November 5th, 2012
11:56 am

newkid, take those ROI numbers from consultants paid to generate a report recommending whatever the people who hired them want recommended with a grain of salt. Unless of course you have a background in financial analysis and have actually looked through the assumptions and calculations. Quoting some fantasy headline ROI number without having any idea of whether or not it’s valid is what they’d like to have you do, and it’s not like there are too many people in the media with the training and skepticism to actually into dig into the consulting reports.

BigGTMike

November 5th, 2012
11:59 am

The first team out of the Braves and Falcons to take their building north stands to profit greatly!

tell the truth

November 5th, 2012
12:00 pm

Time to man up Mr Blank- it’s your baby; you pay for the new stadium!!!

5150 UOAD

November 5th, 2012
12:02 pm

BigGTMike you will have to provide some Proof for that statement.