• Falcons owner talks new stadium

    By: Jim Strickland


    ATLANTA - Atlanta Falcons team owner Arthur Blank predicted he will know within two weeks where to build a new stadium to replace the Georgia Dome.

    Blank said that along with having to face the challenges of moving Friendship Baptist Church and Mount Vernon Baptist Church, there are up to a half-dozen other dots of land which would need to be acquired in order to put the stadium on a site south of the Georgia Dome.

    "At some point, if it's not doable... We have a viable site in the north, and we'll use it," said team president Rich McKay.

    "Hopefully in the next couple of weeks we're be able to make a public decision on that," said Blank.

    The Falcons' owner appeared at a breakfast roundtable sponsored by the Council for Quality Growth and moderated by Channel 2's John Bachman

    Groundbreaking is expected in April.

    "As soon as we get a shovel in the ground the happier we'll be," said Blank.

    Final designs will also determine the blueprint and cost of personal seat licenses. PSLs are substantial, one-time fees some fans will pay just for the right to be season-ticket holders.

    Some fans in the crowd bristled at the idea.

    "If it goes to $10,000 for the right to have the seats? I guess I won't be a season-ticket holder no more," said James Burgess.

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