Five architecture firms are vying for the chance to design the Atlanta Falcons' new retractable-roof stadium. Officials with the NFL Team and the Georgia World Congress Center concluded two days of interviews with the firms on Tuesday.
The city of Atlanta's economic development arm is set to hold what is likely the final public vote on a Falcons stadium deal. Invest Atlanta plans to hold the vote at a specially called meeting Thursday morning.
Mayor Kasim Reed says details for a proposed stadium deal should be on the desks of Atlanta City Council members by the end of March. The current version of the deal calls for the city issue $200 million in bonds backed by hotel-motel tax revenue to partly fund a $1 billion stadium. The council would have to approve a funding deal.
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.
The Atlanta Falcons and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority have selected five architectural firms as finalists to design a proposed $1 billion retractable-roof stadium. GWCCA officials said finalists will prepare proposals including conceptual designs and will be interviewed within 30 days.
The Georgia World Congress Center Authority is scheduled to meet Monday morning to review and vote on a framework around a new downtown stadium for the Atlanta Falcons. Board members will discuss a possible deal on the proposed stadium, which could cost between $948 million and just over $1 billion.