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Falcons CEO: Team could build new home in suburbs

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons will consider moving to a suburban location if the NFL team does not strike a deal to build a new downtown stadium, one of the team's top executives said.

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

McKay made the comments during an Atlanta City Council meeting Wednesday.

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

"We would have no choice but to consider pursuing another option in metro Atlanta" if negotiations break down, McKay said. "Please don't let anybody say that's a threat. No, that's just a reality of what we have to do as our lease is about to end."

The team's current lease with the Georgia Dome downtown is nearing an end, and team officials say they prefer to build a new stadium instead of making improvements to the dome.

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

Concern that Falcons owner Arthur Blank could use his own cash to build a less expensive open-air stadium in Atlanta's suburbs is intensifying. State leaders fear a flashy new suburban facility would become a formidable competitor to the state-run Georgia Dome.

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SuxBeanU 1 year, 2 months ago

hey mr. mckay,please don't bring your proposal to gwinnett county, we are already stuck trying to pay for a stadium!

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jack 1 year, 2 months ago

You don't think the BOC is already trying to figure out a way to stick us again?

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dman 1 year, 2 months ago

How about we trade? I'll take the more usable, flexible outdoor stadium, where more people will come in 2 months than a whole season of Gwinnett Braves game. They can move the Gwinnett Braves to GA Dome...and we take the Falcons!!

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NewsReader 1 year, 2 months ago

I vote for Flowery Branch since that is their home and it is in Hall County, not Gwinnett!

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FordGalaxy 1 year, 2 months ago

As a resident of Flowery Branch, and as someone who has been to a game at the Dome and seen the filth and shenanigans going on there, I say "No thanks." Keep those birds inside the perimeter, for all I care.

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LilburnsFuture 1 year, 2 months ago

I would welcome them in Lilburn if they won a Superbowl!

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gwinnettresident1 1 year, 2 months ago

And i would say you are out of your mine....Lilburn tax payers are already going to have to pay to provide police protection to our new parks...Noticed i said Parks....within spitting distance of each other...Then on top of that they want to turn the old sewer plant into " The field of dreams " build it and maybe someone will come...Otherwise the tax payers can handle it...Now you are talking about the Falcons...Geeees.

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LilburnsFuture 1 year, 2 months ago

Never ceases to amaze me how well some residents can spit for distance. Since there are few high paying businesses, Lilburn hopes to attract more business with nice parks. A small park behind city hall is an outdated one and is not like the fictional tv show Mayberry. I support police. I support the future of Lilburn not the city of yester year. If you are against winner living in lilburn, then you want to get rid of parkview, which has won state titles and are champs.

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gwinnettresident1 1 year, 2 months ago

Is Parkview really inside the city of Lilburn.....I didnt know that

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gwinnettresident1 1 year, 2 months ago

You didnt even address the FIELD OF DREAMS...................Come on LilburnsFuture....tell it all...and the two parks i talked about were the one on 29 and the one on Rockbridge just off 29.....I didnt even consider the city park behind the Police station...I forgot that one...Dang glad you reminded me.

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LilburnsFuture 1 year, 2 months ago

Don't get me started on the nightmare of the field of dreams. The point I was making was if they were champs, I'd invite them here. The field of dreams will unfortunately, not be the success they think it will be.

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gwinnettresident1 1 year, 2 months ago

Parks are for the residents...Not the Falcons..

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John5214 1 year, 2 months ago

Yes, bring them to Lilburn. Tear down the Wal-mart on Hwy 29 as well as the pawn shops and there will be plenty of room.

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Coolray 1 year, 2 months ago

The old GM plant in Doraville is perfect. Plenty of space and right next to I85, I285 and a MARTA station. Iit's already assembled and vacant. Yes, they need to do is some remediation for environmental purposes but it could be built faster and cheaper than the downtown site. There's plenty of room for tailgating and other fun stuff in addition to a stadium.

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LilburnsFuture 1 year, 2 months ago

The only problem is a Monday night football game. Then I-285 would NEVER let up on Monday evenings.

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Coolray 1 year, 2 months ago

You have that same problem downtown now if you have a Monday/Thursday night game

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LilburnsFuture 1 year, 2 months ago

Those pawn shops are an eye-sore!

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Gundoctor1 1 year, 2 months ago

Surely you jest. Fulton is the place for them. South Fulton, near East Point, etc. They need the revenue and they are already used to the crime it would bring with it!!! How about that pretty much empty mall down there. Tear it down, build it there, nobody would miss that place!

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gwinnettresident1 1 year, 2 months ago

Greenbriar mall....dam* great idea...Very low crime rate....only 1 out of 3 people are killed per night...if you live to be 25 you are considered elderly...That would be perfect.

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R 1 year, 2 months ago

Up Next ...

Why it’s the Falcons!! Doing what they do best, That is giving us the BIRD!

(As long as county money doesn't come into play...)

Searching memory …

Isn't there an old Home Depot that needs to be upgraded somewhere?

Doesn't Gwinnett still have an old Left-Over Stadium complex of sorts from the Olympic era?

Note to BOC: Don’t fund anything, SELL the puppy outright fee simple and get it off the books

Purpose Statement for 2013 and beyond…

No tax payer money to be used for professional private sports teams.

That includes taxpayer funds that have been “laundered” through the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, the new and improved Gwinnett Atlanta's Playground group or CID grants okay?

We have reduced our funding of charities by county taxes, now it's time to address the business charities now. After all, they're people too!

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BSMITH97 1 year, 2 months ago

Ask Obama for the other 200 million to keep the team downtown. He will just add it to the 17 trillion the country owes.

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dentaldawg83 1 year, 2 months ago

as a longtime Gwinnett county resident, I vote for Cobb County..

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dman 1 year, 2 months ago

All wonderful thoughts. But one good one is the NON-USED Tennis Olympic Venue in Gwinnett but borders on Dekalb/Stone Mountain. We could gain some Tax Revenues from it, but not have to deal with it being exactly in our "backyard". Next to 78. Close to 285....and with some wheeling and dealing...may be able to use those funds to finally fix 78 the way it needs to be. And most of the Crime has a good chance of happening in Dekalb instead of Gwinnett. just a thought.

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LilburnsFuture 1 year, 1 month ago

You actually have a good point there. Sports shows are always looking for overhead shots or blimp cam view between actions. Stone Mountain would be a nice back drop. They can still show centenial park and downtown if they want to talk about the city of ATL.

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John5214 1 year, 2 months ago

I agree with Dentaldawg.....Give it to SnobCounty.

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