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Help Desk: Viewers Question New Falcons Stadium

8:47 PM, Dec 10, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- For taxpayers, sports fans and legislators, lots of questions as the Atlanta Falcons and Georgia World Congress Center team up to push forward a plan to build a new downtown stadium.

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One viewer asks if the Atlanta Falcons will follow other NFL teams in threatening to leave town if a new stadium is not built.

"We have not in any way shape or form used the lever of--if our lease ends we may move. That's never been on the table nor discussed" said Rich McKay, President of the Falcons.

Another viewer asked about ticket prices if a new stadium is built.

McKay says season tickets holders who want the best seats in the Stadium may have to pay a one-time license fee to keep those seats, and then will pay for tickets to each individual game. Other tickets will be sold as they are now.

And another viewer asks if the Falcons want a new Stadium, shouldn't they pay for it?

Under the formula worked out by the negotiators, the Falcons will pay two-thirds; with the hotel-motel tax picking up another third. That portion must be authorized by a revenue increase that the Legislature has to approve, something the World Congress Center is working hard to insure.

"The sales job will be to explain business terms that we have worked out with the Falcons and that we are really setting the stage for the next 30 plus years," said Frank Poe, Executive Director of the Georgia World Congress Center.

And a viewer asked if this new plan create jobs.

Estimates are for 4,500 new construction jobs to start with.

And what will taxpayers pay?

That's where the hotel-motel tax comes in.

"With 86% of the people that pay this tax out of the State of Georgia, you have created a pretty good mechanism for a public funding source," McKay added.

Going forward, expect many more questions as taxpayers, sports fans and legislators all weigh in.

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