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Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 7:00am

Falcons CEO: Team Could Move To 'Burbs

An Atlanta Falcons executive says the team will consider moving to a suburban location if it does not strike a deal to build a new downtown stadium.

Falcons President and CEO Rich McKay said Wednesday the team would have no choice but to consider a suburban site if negotiations on the downtown Atlanta site break down.

McKay made the comments during an Atlanta City Council meeting about the stadium.

It's not the first time the team has raised the specter of leaving downtown. McKay says this time, the idea is "a reality" -- not a threat -- and the team intends to have a new stadium somewhere by 2017.

State and local officials are considering plans to use a special hotel tax to help finance a new downtown Atlanta stadium.