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Why are Georgia taxpayers paying $700m for a new NFL stadium?




The Falcons’ gleaming new stadium may have drawn as much as $700m from the public coffers. Photograph: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The hot dogs at the gleaming new $1.6bn home of the Atlanta Falcons may be cheap, but the way major sports drain tax dollars is an enduring scandal

The Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium, which hosts its fourth ever NFL game on Sunday, is a technological marvel: the iris-shaped retractable roof; the mammoth video “halo board” that rings the ceiling aperture; the concession stands that sell hot dogs for a throwback $2 price. And, best of all, the $1.6bn edifice cost Georgia taxpayers a relatively inexpensive $200m.

Or the stadium cost the public at least $700m, more than any other building in NFL history. Definitely one of those.


Why are Georgia taxpayers paying $700m for a new NFL stadium?
Today, September 29th 11:00am
from US news | The Guardian by Neil deMause

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