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Friday, May 3, 2013
Atlanta's new stadium could be spectacular

By Pat Yasinskas

I’ve been a regular visitor to the Georgia Dome since I started covering the NFL in the mid-1990s. I’ve always thought it was a good stadium.

But when you see and hear the plans the Falcons have for their proposed retractable-roof stadium, it makes you realize that the Georgia Dome might be antiquated by NFL standards. According to the information that’s coming out about what the Falcons have planned for their new stadium, it could be on a par with, or better than, Cowboys Stadium, which is the most spectacular NFL stadium I’ve been in.

I’d expect nothing less from owner Arthur Blank and team president Rich McKay. They think big, and they’ve been thinking about this project for several years.

Part of the plans include seats that vibrate when there’s a big play, and a 100-yard bar. The Falcons are hoping to have the stadium built and ready to open in time for the 2017 season.