Jan 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of the Georgia Dome prior to the NFC Championship game between the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons to hold groundbreaking ceremony for new stadium, for invited guests only

The Atlanta Falcons are going to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for their new downtown football stadium on Monday, but the public who is being taxed to pay for this monstrosity isn’t invited.

Per a story from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the event will be invited guests only.

I wonder if that guest list includes members of the churches that were displaced to make room for the new stadium.

Scheduled to take part in the 8 p.m. event: Falcons owner Arthur Blank, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber and Georgia World Congress Center Authority executive director Frank Poe.

Oh yeah, lets not forget NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell — whose insistence that this stadium be built for Atlanta to host another Super Bowl was a big reason for it happening — he’ll be there.

Construction on the site began earlier in the year, so to prevent the “invited guests” from getting too dusty, the event will be held at International Plaza, located between the Georgia Dome and Philips Arena…which means that they’ll be able to kind of see the ground that they are ceremoniously breaking.

The $1.2 billion-plus (emphasis on “plus”) retractable-roof stadium, which will be home to Falcons and Atlanta’s yet to be named MLS team, is scheduled to be completed by March 2017.


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