Power Breakfast: Falcons seek open-air stadium, jobless rate, UPS, IRS vs. UGA, AGL, financial reform

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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May 20th, 2010
8:41 am

Curiously, in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.

Jason W.

May 20th, 2010
10:22 am

Why not have a retractable dome and satisfy all sides


May 23rd, 2010
7:37 pm

Its sounds like the Falcons are going to say they want a open air stadium because they know that the GWCC wont build one, thus the Falcons will say that had to move their stadium plans to Cobb or Gwinett because the GWCC would not build their stadium. The Falcons have trouble getting fans to show up in a dome, if its rainning or snowing attendence will get hurt and stadium revenue will be low. The Flaocns know that the GWCC needs the the extra revenue that other events generate and they will use that as leverage to get the GWCC to pay more for a retractable roof. Smart play Falcons.

Reid in EAV

May 23rd, 2010
8:24 pm

Dear Falcons: Good luck getting $500 million from Cobb or Gwinnett. If you can get it, go. And don’t let the door hit you on the way out.