The New York Times’ Mike Tierney asked Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank why his team needs a new stadium to replace the 20-year-old Georgia Dome, and here’s the answer he got:
Blank acknowledged that the Georgia Dome, which would be demolished, remains functional. But with the bonds applied to its construction scheduled to be paid off in 2017, when the Falcons’ lease will expire, he is hoping to secure a deal for the next three decades.
“We need a long-term solution to keep the Falcons competitive in terms of the fan experience,” said Blank, alluding to attracting fans to games despite the rise of technology that makes viewing a game on TV at home an immersive experience.
So there’s your answer: It’s for the fans. You know, the fans who overwhelmingly say they don’t want pay for this thing. But they don’t really know what they want, because if given the choice they’d stay home and watch on their big-screen TVs rather than pay big bucks to go to the game… okay, wait, they do know what they want, which is why we have to have them pay tax money to help build a new stadium to lure them into going to the game and paying even bigger bucks when they don’t want to, because otherwise we’d have to get them to the game by lowering ticket prices or something, and, and…
Well, anyway, the last batch of reasons didn’t go over so well, so it’s time for a new one or something. If you don’t like it, wait 15 minutes and there’ll be another one.