The Falcons Want A New Stadium

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on June 29, 2011

There is a story in the fishwrapper today about renovating the Georgia Dome. The Falcons want to have a “state of the art” facility. (They are far away from a “state of the art” team.) PG does not know where to begin with this.

In the late eighties, the Falcons were tired of Atlanta Fulton County stadium. This was understandable, but at the same time, the Falcons were the joke of the NFL. A scheme was proposed where a domed stadium would be built, connected to the world congress center, a state of Georgia facility. The governor at the time, Joe Frank Harris, ran on a campaign pledge of “NO TAX INCREASES”.

As the project moved ahead, it became obvious that tax money would be needed. A hotel motel tax was put in place. Since the residents of the state do not see this on their tax bills, many don’t notice it. This hotel motel tax was supposed to end in 2020, but will possibly be extended to pay for either renovations to the dome, or a new facility for the Falcons.

The Falcons recently had back to back winning seasons, for the first time since 1966. They have played better since Arthur Blank bought the team from the estate of Rankin Smith. There is hope for the future, but there are still signs that, yes, this is still the Falcons. A few years ago, they had the top draft pick in the NFL. They got the most exciting athlete in recent memory. He played a few years, until HE WENT TO PRISON FOR DOG FIGHTING. This is how the Falcons operate.

The needs of the State of Georgia, and City/Metro Area of Atlanta, are immense. There is a real possibility of Atlanta becoming a ghost town because of a water shortage. The schools and transportation systems are crying poor. With the Gulf Coast poisoned by BP, we can expect an influx of refugees. So what is the plan…build a new stadium for the Falcons.

When it comes to schools and infrastructure, the governments never seem to have enough money. The “conservatives” want to have a smaller government, and lower taxes. However, when a privately owned football team needs a new facility, the money is there. Why can’t we use this hotel motel tax to build a pipeline that brings water into metro Atlanta?

America may be entering a period of austerity. The triple whammy of War in Babylon, Massive Bank Fraud, and the Deepwater (spell check suggestion:Dishwater) Horizon is going to be tough to overcome. At some point, the idea of spending a billion dollars to build a football stadium is going to be seen for the atrocity that it is.

Pictures are from The Library of Congress. . This is a repost. In the past year, the economy has shown little improvement, there is another war (that we know about), and the oil spill was capped. The Falcons had a good regular season last year, only to get wasted in the playoffs. The NFL is in a dispute with the players union, and may not play this year, or ever.

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