Open-air stadium could raise suite revenue for Falcons

How’s this for a theory about why the Falcons want an open-air stadium?

Selling suites to the well-heeled corporate community may be easier and more lucrative in a non-domed environment.

Company execs would be more concerned about protecting their entertainment dollars — and their guests — by purchasing suites because the weather is unknown and uncontrollable. That could raise the Falcons’ revenue — a suite deal, so to speak.

What do you think? Is that part of the Falcons’ calculus? Or is it way off the mark?

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30 comments Add your comment

DK

May 20th, 2010
7:52 am

Football was made to be played outdoors! Let’s rip the roof of the dome!

bpc

May 20th, 2010
8:09 am

Why couldn’t the team put a retractable roof on the stadium similar to Indy? By doing so, it would allow the Falcons to play outdoors, but still close the roof and host events like the Final Four?

taxpayer

May 20th, 2010
8:40 am

Why is it the taxpayers have to put up money so that Mr. blank can get more revenue? ?I am all in favor of him making more money if he wants an outdoor stadium let him build it. We are laying off teachers for lack of funds but let’s be sure and have a new football field. I mean the old one is 15 years old less than half the age of my kids school. Politicians on the take again.

Andre

May 20th, 2010
9:40 am

Because the tax money that’s made from the arena goes right back into the state. The Georgia Dome serves that same purpose now. The State of GA makes a pretty good piece of change off the Dome right now, but still pretend they don’t have enough money to make for teachers.

KnightInATL

May 20th, 2010
10:08 am

A retractable roof stadium is the only way to go. Sure it will be more costly than an open-air stadium, but those additional costs will be made up very quickly when Atlanta is still able to host the Final Four, ACC bball tournaments, the World Cup in 2018, and probably even another Super Bowl.

If Phoenix, AZ can afford a state of the art, retractable roof stadium, so can we.

Steve From Dalton

May 20th, 2010
11:23 am

After seating in Old Fulton County Stadium, I love the dome. You don’t have to wrap so that you can barely move. Rain is not a factor. Nice to watch a game in a light coat.

I saw where the Falcons believe a retractable roof is too much. Do have to vote on the Hotel Motel tax? If so, don’t pass it unless there is a retractable feature.

James

May 20th, 2010
11:26 am

They should have whatever they want as long as Arthur Blank and not tax payers fund it.

drajax

May 20th, 2010
11:35 am

As a season ticket holder I’ve seen my ticket prices climb from $33 to $120 over the period Mr. Blank has owned the team. I fear that a new stadium will lead to the club charging a license fee in addition to normal costs of purchasing season tickets. I believe the team should guarantee that if any new stadium is built with public financing there will be no license fees.

Rich

May 20th, 2010
11:38 am

If we build a new one, design it so that a retractable roof could be added later. But why should we pay for a stadium? I can not afford to go to a game.

Blank's the Man!

May 20th, 2010
8:15 pm

The city of atlanta needs to give Arthur Blank and McKay whatever they want, including an open air stadium, no matter what the cost. Just raise taxes—it’s worth it for the city. If they get mad, they may move the team to LA and make more millions.

Ron

May 21st, 2010
10:37 am

The dome was designed to put a retractable roof on it. It would cost about 200 million to put one on. This would be the cheapest way to go with improving the dome. Someone tell Mr. Blank, please!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maj. Wood

May 21st, 2010
1:41 pm

FOOTBALL IS REAL IMPORTANT TO GEORGIA’S IMAGE AND ECONOMY. THE TAXPAYERS SHOULD PAY OUR FAIR SHARE TO SUPPORT FOOTBALL IN GEORGIA!

WE NEED TO HELP THE FALCONS BUILD THE BEST STADIUM EVER. IF THAT INCLUDES USING OUR TAX DOLLARS, SO BE IT. IT IS BETTER THAN WASTING ON WELFARE QUEENS, ACORN OR THROWING IT AWAY TO BRAIN-DEAD OBAMA LEECHES!!!!

The Dogfighter Returns

May 21st, 2010
3:22 pm

Who cares. Let Arthur build it himself with private funds. He is such a genius and built Home Depost from scratch why is he having difficulty building a stadium?

Who knows he could boost home depot stock simply by buying all the material to build the new stadium from the store on Ponce and then when the stock price rises he just sells his stock to cover the cost.

Open Air Rules

May 22nd, 2010
11:57 am

Football should be played outdoors. Atlanta can easily afford to build Arthur Blank a $500 million open air, state of the art stadium with tons of corporate suites that he can rent out. ATL needs to give him what he wants—otherwise he will move to the suburbs or to another city like Orlando or San Antonio that want a team right now!

Shayna Punum

May 23rd, 2010
12:09 am

Long past time that owners of sports teams should be asking bankrupt cities to pay for billion dollar areans, for the teams’ profits. In Blank’s case, “do it yourself.”

Dawg 93

May 23rd, 2010
12:26 am

I agree with Ron. And I really don’t know why nobody is suggesting it. Put a retractable roof on the dome and renovate the interior. Seems like a no brainer to me.

t

May 23rd, 2010
12:32 am

THE REASON WE DO NOT GO TO THE DOME IS THE BUMS AND BEGGERS!! MOVE THE FIELD TO THE SANDY SPRINGS AREA AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS….Hell lets do the old GM site…

Sandy Springs is for classless new money

May 23rd, 2010
12:39 am

T, glad to see you bring your racially insensitive views to this conversation.

This is why we don’t let riff raff like you live in Buckhead.

section 340

May 23rd, 2010
1:45 am

hey T every city has bums get over it. As for the Stadium issue I’m torn. I would love a new stadium but this does not seem the economic time to do it. I see economic issue hanging over are heads for at least 5 years.

I would like to see Home Depot Stadium. Owed and operated by the Falcons. Did Jerry Jones Fiance jerry world on his own? If he owes the stadium out he gains all the profits… Just fork it over billionaire

Seymour Butts

May 23rd, 2010
3:09 am

If Arthur will buy the Braves then we will build his new kingdom. I like the materials from Home Depot. Also have the chickfilet endzone(bird landing)the delta skyroof,the coca cola seats(with built in straws)and the GAS South food bar.
Whateva we do please hire a company that specializes in ACOUSTICS!!!!!! I cant hear a damn thing in the domer.

icon

May 23rd, 2010
3:11 am

It has been proven time and time again that professional sports franchises do NOT justify tax payer funding economically. It’s just a fact. Using tax payer money to fund a facility for a private football league is WIN-WIN for the franchise and the league and hurts the city. Don’t be ignorant hicks like the folks in Texas who blew tax payer money to help Jerry Jones build a stadium. Educate yourself.

John

May 23rd, 2010
4:51 am

Where in the GWCC complex would they build this new stadium and still keep the Dome open until it is completed? BTW, the Falcons are the only game in town we must consider when building a sports complex. Unless Arthur is willing to compensate the city for the potential for lost revenue, I say no way!!

CRut

May 23rd, 2010
5:40 am

We still haven’t had a corporate entity stepped up to assist in this by putting their name on the current GA Dome to help underwrite the cost of this idea.(i.e. Lucas Oil stadium, Bank of America Stadium etc.) A retractable roof makes the most sense economically. Win a Super Bowl and host one more and we’ll talk.

Move the dome

May 23rd, 2010
8:23 am

Unfortunately, downtown has been run over by “ghetto” blacks and gays. That is why you saw so many still wearing the number 7 jersey last year when Vick came back to town. Gotta support their homie. Leaving the dome is a terrifying experience. From the loud rap music to the low pants and incoherent ebonics. Move the dome to the suburbs so that the majority of Atlanta citizens can enjoy the team again. The blacks can keep the Hawks.

Racism

May 23rd, 2010
8:41 am

Its funny seeing all the bigots, racists and crackers leaving comments hiding behind their computers while they are married and have kids from their first cousin. Come out in public and say some of the things you are saying and stop being a B#@#H

Move the dome

May 23rd, 2010
9:00 am

Racism,

Do you not see the irony in calling people racist and using the word cracker?

Jason

May 23rd, 2010
9:09 am

John,

There are several places the new stadium could go next to the GWCC. The marshalling yards on the northside of the GWCC buildings is large enough and would be easier to blend into the aquarium, world of coke, centennial olympic park area with a plaza over the train tracks. They could also build in the gulch.

I’m not for an open air stadium unless it has a retractable roof but either way, there is plenty of space around the GWCC for another stadium to be built.

groundfog

May 23rd, 2010
12:26 pm

Those evil capitalists! How dare they try to make money and keep up with the rest of the league. Maybe Obama should take over the NFL. This is clearly unfair.

ATL Native

May 24th, 2010
8:56 am

I remember GA Dome was built so Falcons games wouldn’t be affected by bad weather so now we go back to when it was 20 years ago – What gives besides more money from fans to Mr. Blank?

You Can Do It

May 25th, 2010
12:58 pm

Blank wants the new stadium paid for by the taxpayers and as a stipulation, all building materials must come from Home Depot—Arthur still owns a ton of stock, and needs more income.