Guvnur Deal said yesterday that if the Dirty Birds want a new stadium they will have to convince the fine citizens of Georgia and our esteemed lawmakers of that we need a new stadium. And then he basically tells the Falcons exactly what to say.
For a new stadium, $300,000,000 of the $1b to replace that decrepit hunk-o-junk (AKA: the Dome) would come from a hotel/motel tax.
“They just need to explain what the project is, the importance of the project to the future of the Falcons here and our city,” said Deal.
“If we get a new facility and meets the current demands and needs of the future, then being on the hook so to speak for less than a third that is repaid from money that comes from outsiders, I think that’s probably a pretty good deal,” said Deal.
“I want to make sure that the amount that is being asked for is realistic and achievable and it certainly has to be within the bounds of what the hotel/motel tax would actually raise,” said Deal.
So there you have it folks, Deal seems to be on board with the deal. Yay.
If WABE’s Facebook page is an indication of popular sentiment (and I totes think it is), people don’t want a new tax-payer funded stadium. 100% of all commenters on this morning’s story (4/4) said they don’t like it. “I don’t understand why Atlanta needs a larger venue to watch the Falcons choke in the first round of the playoffs,”* one reader posted.
So let’s say you’ve read my post, the Facebook comments and both stories. Let’s say your mind still isn’t made up. Well Peach Pundit has you covered.
Look for a Pro versus Con on the new Falcons Stadium next Thursday on Peach Pundit, with State Representative Mike Dudgeon taking the Con position, and Stefan Turkheimer taking the Pro.
*Yeah, see just become a fan of the greatest franchise in professional sports, THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, and you don’t have to worry about first-round choke jobs, you just have to worry about being blinded by all the Vince Lombardi Trophies Brady and Belichick earned.