The era of indoor pro football in Atlanta could be coming to a close, if Falcons team officials have their way, AJC reporters D. Orlando Ledbetter and Leon Stafford write.
Rich McKay, the football team’s president, said Wednesday that the Falcons lean toward a new open-air stadium for their next home field, the reporters write. The team, which now plays in the Georgia Dome, also wants to stay downtown on the campus of the Georgia World Congress Center.
“Our first preference would be to be downtown,” McKay said in an exclusive interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “That’s something that (Falcons owner Arthur Blank) is focused on. If we can make it happen, we are going to try.”
But the Falcons desire for autumn skies overhead could clash with the some of the Dome’s biggest moneymakers, each of which prefer to play indoors, the reporters write.
The Dome also is home to the Chick-fil-A Bowl and the SEC football championship, noted Frank Poe, executive director of the GWCC, which oversees operations of the state-owned Dome. The facility has also been the site of two Super Bowls and several Final Four basketball championships, and it is used for variety of other events.
To host such events and satisfy the Falcons, the GWCC would have to operate both a new stadium and the Dome, a situation that could stretch GWCC resources thin, Poe said.
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