7:21 am October 28, 2009, by Henry Unger
The future of the Georgia Dome — and whether the Atlanta Falcons continue to nest there — is up in the air, so to speak.
The Georgia World Congress Center Authority, the state organization that oversees the football arena, agreed Tuesday to pay the Kansas City architecture firm, Populous, $145,000 to propose a master plan for the Dome, reports AJC staffer Leon Stafford.
Dan Graveline, executive director of the Georgia World Congress Center, said the Populous study would look at the merits of renovating the current Dome or building a new stadium.
The study will take into consideration building a new dome, an open-air arena or having a retractable roof, Stafford writes. It also will look at the cost of gutting the current building and starting over.
The decision could affect whether Falcons owner Arthur Blank decides to keep the team downtown or look to the burbs.
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