The Atlanta Falcons will take the next step toward a new stadium Monday evening with a groundbreaking ceremony to officially kick off the construction of the Falcons’ new nest.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be on hand for the event, as well as Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, MLS commissioner Don Garber and Falcons owner Arthur Blank, according to AJC.com.
The event will begin at 8 p.m. and is for invited guests only, the report added.
AJC.com also said the stadium site began to be cleared for construction earlier this year, but it’s normal for work like that to begin before the groundbreaking. In fact, I drove past the lot where the new Atlanta Braves stadium will be built, and they have begun clearing trees there, too. A groundbreaking date for the new Braves stadium hasn’t been announced, but NBC Sports reported it’s likely to occur this summer.
The Falcons’ new stadium will cost about $1.2 billion to build, according to BizJournals.com. The project will be mostly funded privately, though $200 million will come from a hotel/motel tax instituted in the city of Atlanta.
This will be the Falcons’ third stadium since their inception in 1966. From 1966 to 1991, the Falcons played at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, and in 1991, they moved into the Georgia Dome.
Their last season in the Georgia Dome will be in 2016.