As work progressed on the design of their new stadium, the Atlanta Falcons faced a choice: Pour a lot more money into the building, or scale back on its costly features.
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HOW MANY SEATS
According to the latest plans for the new Falcons stadium, the seating capacity for various events will be:
Falcons games 71,041
Super Bowl 75,173
SEC Championship game 75,173
College basketball Final Four 83,826
Concert with end stage 56,636
Major League Soccer games 31,085
Note: The increased capacity for Super Bowls and Final Fours would be achieved by installing temporary seating in several areas. The listed capacity for MLS would be with the upper and middle seating levels screened off. The Georgia Dome’s capacity for Falcons games is 71,228.
How the $1.2 billion cost of building the new Falcons stadium will be covered:
$800 million from the Falcons, minus whatever the team raises from personal seat license sales
$200 million from NFL funding
$200 million from proceeds of bonds backed by Atlanta’s hotel-motel tax
Note: Additional money from the hotel-motel tax will go toward offsetting the cost of operating the stadium from 2017-2050 and to interest payments on the bonds.