Atlanta Falcons release new images of planned downtown stadium (Photos)

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November 11, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; An Atlanta Falcons helmet prior to kickoff of a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

A few months back, the Atlanta Falcons were given approval to build a new downtown stadium which is expected to be ready (tentatively) by 2017, of which, the city is expected to kick in around $200 million dollars.

The original renderings of the stadium were pretty neat, though, they don’t hold weight in comparison to the new photos which show off a much more detailed look.

The new renderings, released by the Atlanta Falcons this afternoon show a much more refined appearance to the very uniquely shaped stadium design, including overhead shots and what appears to be a somewhat retractable half circular dome which seemingly takes a page from the Dallas Cowboys stadium.

Of course, these are still just examples of what is likely to come. No nails have been hammered nor has any rebar been laid.

Either way, it looks pretty fancy and anything that gets the Dirty Birds out of the decaying Georgia Dome is a plus in my book.

You can find more pictures of the Falcons’ new stadium in the slideshow below thanks to WSBTV.com:

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