As the Atlanta City Council ponders a plan to build a retractable-roof stadium downtown, questions continue to swirl around the proposed new home of the Falcons.
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April 2010: The Georgia Legislature authorizes an extension of the hotel-motel tax in Atlanta and unincorporated Fulton County through 2050 as a way to partially fund a new Falcons stadium on Georgia World Congress Center property.
February 2011: The Falcons and the GWCC Authority enter formal negotiations on an open-air stadium that would operate alongside the Georgia Dome.
April 2012: The Falcons and the GWCCA abandon the two-stadium approach, shifting negotiations to a plan to build a retractable-roof stadium and demolish the Georgia Dome.
December 2012: The Falcons and the GWCCA agree on tentative terms of a deal — subject to approval by the Georgia Legislature to raise the GWCCA’s debt limit so that the state agency can issue bonds backed by hotel-motel tax revenue to cover the upfront public contribution.
January 2013: Gov. Nathan Deal and legislators signal that the December deal lacks sufficient political support at the state level. Efforts begin to rework the deal to cut the upfront public contribution and to shift responsibility for issuing the bonds from the state to the city of Atlanta.