New Stadium Deal Passes City Council

Mar 18, 2013

The Georgia Dome. Upon completion of the new stadium, the Georgia Dome will be demolished.
Credit Charles Edwards / WABE News

By a vote of 11-to-4, the Atlanta City Council Monday night approved a deal to finance a new stadium to be owned by the State of Georgia but run by the Atlanta Falcons.

Under the deal, the Atlanta Falcons will be responsible for about $800 million of the stadium's construction costs. A hotel/motel tax collected in the city of Atlanta and unincorporated Fulton County will cover about $200 million of the construction costs.

More to come from Jonathan Shapiro, who has been covering the vote. You can follow his tweets on the vote at @jmshapiro on Twitter.