Falcons team president Rich McKay spoke with 11Alive Thursday afternoon at Flowery Branch about reaction to his statement that the franchise preferred an open air stadium downtown for its new home. He said that doesn't necessarily mean the Georgia Dome would have to leveled and thus eliminate the indoor facility that attracts many events.
The extension of the hotel/motel tax beyond 2020, which still needs the governor's signature, is a very important part of the ongoing process. He added that other options, such as the old GM plant in Doraville are not completely off the table.
McKay says a timetable of just over two years from now is realistic for having all the elements in place to move forward. One thing he added, is that people should not overlook what the rest of the world calls football (soccer) in the big picture. Attracting the World Cup in the future is something that factors into this whole equation in the long run.