From over in the world of sports, my AJC colleague Tim Tucker sends you a copy of the report that recommends the demolition of the Georgia Dome in favor of a new Falcons stadium, funded by a hotel-motel tax, perhaps in downtown Atlanta’s nearby Gulch.
It was released Thursday by the Georgia World Congress Center. Read it here.
The bottom line:
1. Modifications to the seating bowl, as necessitated by new program seating arrangements, results in seat quanities that do not achieve the desired game day or special event capacities.
2. Continued use of the venue through construction is not possible. Modifications will result, at a minimum, in two periods of closure for the facility — January 2014 to September 2014 and January 2015 to October 2015 – at best. This significantly affects both the Falcons season and GWCC events during these time periods.
3. There is not a compelling difference between the cost of reconstructing and expanding the Georgia Dome versus the cost of building a new facility; a point that is further magnified by the opportunity cost resulting from the loss of hosting Falcons games and other GWCC events. Also, the substantial cost risk of undertaking this complicated project, (which still would not meet the current NFL program requirements) narrows the cost differential even further.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider