Monday, May 24, 2010
Atlanta Falcons Want a New Stadium = Only a Matter of Time Before Rams Demand the Same
By Chad Garrison
on Mon, May 24, 2010 at 7:54 AM
too out-dated to suit the team's future needs
The franchise wants a new, open-air stadium a.s.a.p. and says that ground could be broken on the new facility as soon 2012. The Falcons and motel taxes would pay for the structure -- estimated to cost less than the billion
that Dallas and New York recently spent on new stadiums.
So what's this mean for St. Louis?
It means that its just a matter of time until the Rams demand the same. The Edward Jones Dome is just three years younger than the Georgia Dome
. And one could argue, was never as nice as the Atlanta stadium.
Interesting thing about Atlanta -- that could perhaps work here in St. Louis, as well -- is that the city wants to keep the dome for conventions, NCAA tournaments and other major indoor events. Then again, Atlanta tends to be a bigger much bigger tourism destination than St. Louis -- especially for sports -- with the Georgia Dome twice hosting the Super Bowl and playing host to the Chick-Fil-A Bowl and the Southeastern Conference football championship.
The Atlanta Falcons last week said that the Georgia Dome -- built in 1992 -- is