…as intractable negotiations with the southern side’s churches prove too great an impediment.
The new Falcons Stadium has always had two potential locations on the Georgia World Congress Center campus, one on the south, adjacent to the current Georgia Dome site, easy MARTA access and the convention center, and on on the north, adjacent to nothing.
All logic, planning, and forethought dictated the southern site would be the one selected, but nobody apparently considered the steadfastness of Friendship Baptist and Mt. Vernon, the churches that would have to be relocated for the south site to be built upon.
The Falcons always preferred the north site but their reasoning was not based on what was good for the City or the GWCC (as is their wont).
And now the Falcons have seized (like a hapless pigeon in their talons?) on the failure to close the deal with the churches to resurrect their long held desire to migrate northward.
But why did this happen?
1) The City announced very early on that it wouldn’t use eminent domain.
“I’ve taken eminent domain off the table, so there’s no threat or intimidation occurring here,” Reed said. “If the majority of the members of Friendship don’t want to move, the only thing you’re going to hear from me is respect.”
They could have made an awesome prisoner’s dilemma between the two churches in private negotiations.
But if they weren’t going to use your private negotiating powers, but if they weren’t willing to use those tactics, they should have gone public and…
2) Failure to make the case to the members of the Church, rather than just the board.
3) Failure to properly set negotiation strategy.
This will get boring, so I’ll mostly skip it.
What do y’all think? Where did it all go wrong?