Legislator Talks of a Falcon Stadium in South Cobb

Redeveloping the Six Flags corridor, 11 miles west of the Georgia Dome, is something Cobb County has been working on.

If a deal for a new Falcons stadium falls through in Atlanta, Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell) said Saturday that she'd like to see it built in Cobb County as a cornerstone for redevelopment in the Six Flags corridor.

“Certainly as a state legislator I know how important this is to the state and to the economy," Morgan said at a town hall meeting Saturday, according to the Marietta Daily Journal, "and I will be participating fully in the discussions to try to figure out what is in the best interest of the state.”

Redeveloping the Six Flags corridor, 11 miles west of the Georgia Dome, is something Cobb County has been working on. Purchasing and demolishing run-down apartments on Six Flags Drive has been one of the priorities of the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority. The redevelopment board would then hold onto the property until a suitable developer comes along to take it over. 

A proposal being discussed now for a new stadium involves using between $200 million and $300 million of Atlanta hotel and motel tax revenue to fund the new arena, which is expected to cost up to $1 billion. The Falcons are expected to pick up what the taxes won't pay for. The legislature would have to approve the use of the tax money.

Morgan said the state is basically taking out a $300 million bond for the stadium, which it would pay back with hotel-motel tax money.

Hosting the Super Bowl, and the money it brings into the area, is one reason new Falcons stadium advocates give for the need to replace the 21-year old Georgia Dome. However, there is plenty of opposition to using any taxpayer money for the stadium.

Mark Robertson January 28, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Six flags Dr. is the perfect place to do this. If you would go widespread with this demolishing and building of this stadium, you'll have the support of many. I hope it all works out.
electric123 January 29, 2013 at 01:38 AM
Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! people that live in DeKalb, Fulton, Atlanta, or elsewhere are afraid of coming to Cobb because of the police! They drink at games and want to be excused for all their actions and don't want nothing to do with Cobb county.
John Himot January 29, 2013 at 03:35 AM
I can not believe I am agreeing with a democrat maybe there is hope for all of us. Yes build it in Cobb County it would be a big boon for the state and the Cobb County area.
John Himot January 29, 2013 at 03:36 AM
Charles the PoPo in Cobb are some of the best and nothing to be afraid of. But I think you know that.
electric123 January 29, 2013 at 06:53 AM
John, If the majority of fans and people of Atlanta did not want it moved from downtown Atlanta to the old GM plant what make you think they would venture into Cobb? number 1 most people travel Marta and Cobb Transit does not offer Sunday service and like I said the Cobb police as you said are very efficient but people who goes to games want to do the madness they approve of which is drinking, fighting, and committing robberies and mayhem why would they travel into a county that does not approve of their activities and possibly risk getting locked up when they can do whatever they want in Atlanta and risk no jail or police confrontation?
janis stevenson January 30, 2013 at 12:08 AM
where would out of town folks stay? i love the idea but there are no real nice hotels there and i dont think just having the stadium would make the location viable for any big hotel chains.
Greg January 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM
Man you're a weirdo. It appears you have some reason to be afraid of Cobb Police, I am not. Oh yea, you're a felon. People do not go to the games to get drunk, they go to watch the game and yes some may drink too much, but what you say below about fighting, committing robberies and mayhem is very uninformed and stupid. The fans who are spending a couple of hundred dollars after all is said and done on a Sunday, are not the ones committing the crimes. It's the thugs and criminals that hover around the stadium on game day.
electric123 February 01, 2013 at 08:18 AM
Wrong Greg, that 49's fan that stabbed another fan in the neck were two fans both paying and spectators at NFC Championship game and the fact about me being a felon holds no ground, do you know I work as a paralegal for a criminal defense lawyer in Marietta? So take your Cobb county judgmental attitude as store with their other "Black Eyes" Cobb county has created over the past century and realize there is more to Falcons deal than you or Rep Morgan sees as economic impact to Cobb like all the general Atlantan's attitude about Cobb county which that want nothing to do with.
electric123 February 02, 2013 at 06:47 AM
Ain't happening John, there are always two sides to every story and moving Falcon to Cobb is a pipe dream!
electric123 February 02, 2013 at 06:52 AM
Janis, don't worry they won't even think about Cobb because of Marta and hotel accommodations! Which I am glad they don't need to be here to burst the financial bubble out of Cobb's greediness for more revenue and them keeping the jail full and earning their $175.00 per day per inmate.
electric123 February 03, 2013 at 06:55 AM
Support of Whom? only Cobb County people, NO FANS WILL APPROVE OR COME TO COBB
electric123 April 15, 2013 at 12:43 AM


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