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Friday, February 18, 2011
Report: Outdoor venue possible in Atlanta

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

The next step in the Atlanta Falcons' quest for a new stadium will come next week.

Reportedly, a report will be issued Tuesday that says it is feasible to build an open-air stadium on land near the Georgia Dome. Although the Falcons have looked at possibilities in the suburbs, they have said their preference would be to stay in downtown Atlanta.

That makes plenty of sense because the current location is close to Phillips Arena and several other downtown attractions. Although the Falcons have been playing indoors since the opening of the Georgia Dome, owner Arthur Blank seems intent on getting an outdoor stadium.

Although the indoor venue has brought major college basketball and football games to the Georgia Dome, an outdoor facility makes sense for the Falcons. Atlanta’s weather is generally pretty mild throughout the NFL season.