The Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) has received applications from ten companies to provide architectural and design services for its proposed $1bn stadium for the Atlanta Falcons in the US.
The ten firms include 360 Architecture, AECOM, Eisenman Architects, Ewing Cole, HKS, Populous, RGC Stadium Design, Rosetti, TVS Design/Heery/Gensler, Woods Bagot.
Upon its completion, the new stadium will replace the Georgia Dome and will serve as the home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. It will be used for other sports, convention and entertainment events.
The current agreement for the new stadium calls for the collection of around $300m in hotel/motel taxes to pay off the loan required for construction of the new stadium.
The Falcons would pay about $700m and the state of Georgia would have to increase the Congress Center’s credit limit to secure the loan.
In December 2012, GWCCA voted to accept proposed business terms for the new stadium, which will be constructed on its property.
The approved business terms include construction of a new operable roof stadium and associated project improvements on the GWCCA campus.
GWCCA Board Chairman Tim Lowe said while approving the business terms, "The new stadium will position Atlanta better to compete nationally for prominent events over the next 30-plus years."
Scheduled to open in 2017, the stadium would be owned by the authority and operated by the Falcons under a 30-year agreement.
The authority said that the Falcons team would have an option to renew the lease for further 15 years.
GWCCA includes the 3.9 million ft² convention centre, the 71,250-seat Georgia Dome and 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park.
Image: After completion, the new Falcons stadium will replace the Georgia Dome. Photo: Dreman1731.