Judge grants delay in Falcons stadium hearing

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ATLANTA - A Fulton County Superior Court judge ruled Monday to delay a hearing that would have allowed public financing on the new Atlanta Falcons stadium.

The city of Atlanta wants to sell $278.3 million in bonds backed by the city's hotel/motel tax to help pay for the new stadium.

Monday, the judge ruled to delay the bond validation hearing until April 10.

"Obviously this has gotten a lot more attention by the people, and the people have spoken loudly that they oppose this," said William Perry, Common Cause Georgia Executive Director.

Validation by the court is required before bonds can be issued. The stadium deal calls for bonds to be issued by July 31.

Last week, a group of five neighbors filed a legal challenge against the city's plan for partial public funding of the new stadium.

They'll have until April 10 to gather evidence on why the city should not use public money to finance the stadium.