published Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Design and budget for new Atlanta Falcons stadium approved

ATLANTA — The design and budget for a new Atlanta Falcons stadium have been approved.

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority board of governors on Tuesday unanimously approved the complete schematic design and a preliminary budget of $1.2 billion, up $200 million from the previous estimate.

The design was recently completed by an architecture firm. The design team had presented a conceptual design earlier this year, but officials say the new version includes more details.

Board chairman Tim Lowe told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the extra $200 million included in the budget will be covered by the Falcons.

Bonds backed by the city's hotel-motel tax are set to cover $200 million of the stadium's cost, while the rest is to be covered by the team, the NFL and personal seat license sales.

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