Is Blank Looking for New Digs?

Posted Apr 10, 2009

Arthur Blank says he wants the Falcons to continue to play home games downtown. However, the owner and team officials have explored a number of sites in metro Atlanta to build a new stadium.

In addition to discussions with the Georgia World Congress Center Authority about a new stadium, five sites are currently under consideration by the team. They are Fort McPherson, the General Motors plant in Doraville, Honor Farm, Bellwood Quarry and a site owned by Waste Management near Forest Park.

However, the Falcons have not had discussions with the owners of those sites.

The only formal conversations about a stadium have been with the GWCC, manager of the Georgia Dome.

"Our number 1 priority is to continue to work with the Georgia World Congress Center Authority and stay downtown," Blank said earlier this month.
The Falcons are in the lower fourth of the National Football League in revenue.

Blank wants a better lease and more management control from the Authority or a new stadium where they control all or most of the management.
The lease expires when the bonds sold to build the Dome are paid, which could be as early as 2016 or as late as 2020. It takes roughly seven years -- from site development to construction -- to complete an NFL stadium.

"Our job is to look at everything that potentially is available so we are aware of options that we have," Blank said.

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