Eleven months ago, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority and the Falcons agreed to enter negotiations about a potential new open-air football stadium downtown.
And according to Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution they’re still negotiating, both parties say.
A possible sign of movement came earlier this month, when Gov. Nathan Deal included money in his 2012 budget to purchase property next to the proposed stadium site.
The GWCC Authority, which oversees the state-owned complex that includes the Georgia Dome, voted last February to negotiate with the Falcons toward a possible memorandum of understanding on a $700 million stadium that would be built about a half-mile north of the Dome.
“We continue to meet with the Falcons on a whole array of business terms and items attendant to that,” GWCC Authority executive director Frank Poe said this week. “We have tried to quantify the issues that each side would have and talk through a series of items that are important for both sides, but nothing has been resolved in the form of an agreement.”
Asked how far along the process has moved, Poe said: “It would be hard to say we’re 10 percent or 50 percent or 60 percent there. There are some areas where there is common acceptance of positions, but there also are a lot of areas in which we still have work to be done. It’s not going to be something that will be resolved real quickly.”
The Falcons, who have made clear their desire for a new, more lucrative stadium when the Georgia Dome bonds are paid off later this decade, declined to comment on the status of negotiations beyond providing a written statement in response to inquiries.