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Retractable Roof, New Name For Georgia Dome?

An expanded Georgia Dome of the future could have a retractable roof, twice its current number of club seats and 15,000 parking spaces compared to 5,500 now according to Leon Stafford of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and it might also bear the name of a corporate sponsor.

Those are among the findings of a study commissioned by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which operates the Dome, as it works to come up with viable suggestions to satisfy the facility’s main tenant, the Atlanta Falcons, however, the study by Kansas City-based Populous Architects does not say how much such improvements would cost. The Authority’s board planned to discuss the study at its monthly meeting Tuesday.

That discussion could provide the first indication of the GWCC’s position since Falcons executives said last month that they prefer a new open-air stadium for their next home field, the Falcons leadership also said they want to stay downtown on the GWCC campus. Falcons President Rich McKay last month told the AJC a retractable roof stadium would be too expensive, while renovation of the Dome would not give the Falcons the state-of-the-art facility they seek.

“The Authority has shared the report with us as part of our joint exploration of development options,” said Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts. “We continue to have open discussions with the Authority on a range of topics. No decisions have been made and no options have been taken off the table.”

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