Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank wants a new stadium. A new, very expensive stadium. One that the Atlanta community is having a hard time getting behind.
This has left Arthur Blank scrambling for ways to convince the city that spending $1 billion for his new retractable-roof stadium. At this point, nothing he’s tried, including Roger Goodell explaining the need for a new stadium, has worked. So he has decided that it’s time to use his ultimate trump card: Los Angeles.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is warning city council members about business interests in Los Angeles who want to move the Falcons to the west coast.
Team owner Arthur Blank shared that information with top city and state officials in their discussions about financing a new stadium in downtown Atlanta. Two council members who met with Mayor Kasim Reed told FOX 5′s Morse Diggs about private discussions the mayor hosted at City Hall.
Reed called in council members one at a time to tell them that the city needs to take a more aggressive lead in the public financing portion of the proposed open air stadium.
Threatening to move the franchise to Los Angeles seems to be the go-to move for NFL owners. Need a new stadium? LA wants us. People not buying tickets? We’re moving to LA. Not making enough money, LA here we come.