The city of Atlanta’s economic development arm would get free seats at some events at a new downtown stadium for the Falcons, a provision in the proposed deal that drew questions Thursday as key votes loom on the plan.
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What’s next in stadium saga
Today: The Georgia World Congress Center Authority board will meet to review and vote on several agreements related to the stadium deal, including a memorandum of understanding that details terms between the state agency and the Falcons.
Monday: The Atlanta City Council holds a regularly scheduled meeting, where a resolution is expected to be introduced authorizing a stadium funding plan. It is not clear if the council will vote at this meeting or assign the legislation to the finance committee for further study.
Thursday: The finance committee will review the deal in a work session if it isn’t voted on Monday.
If GWCCA and City Council approve deal soon:
By April 30: The Falcons and GWCCA plan to hire a lead architect.
By May 31: Falcons plan to hire general contractor.
By Aug. 1: The parties plan to determine whether the preferred site, which is just south of the Georgia Dome, is feasible. If not, plans would shift to an alternate site 1/2 mile north of the Dome.
By Oct. 31: Preliminary schematic drawings are to be completed.
Construction: Probably would need to begin around mid-2014, based on Falcons president Rich McKay’s estimate of 32 to 36 months needed to build the stadium, which is scheduled to open for the 2017 NFL season.