No, not the Dome. Underground Atlanta. According to WSB-TV, the City of Atlanta is picking up $8 million in debt service on Underground Atlanta, while collecting a mere $100,000 in rent. This arrangement is scheduled to continue through 2086.
Gee, if only there were some kind of State entity with the resources, management skills and a proven record that could take over operations at Underground and lessen the tax burden on Atlanta taxpayers.
One of the more thoughtless criticisms of the New Stadium proposal is that the current Georgia Dome is empty most of the year. So what? Underground is empty every night except New Years’ Eve. (Unless you count muggers and panhandlers.) And the Dome either breaks even or makes a million or so every year.
So those of you who continue to protest using “public” money for a new “private” stadium should take a good look at Underground Atlanta. Because that’s what the Georgia Dome will become without a professional football team to anchor it.