The Atlanta Falcons have officially given up on their proposed stadium site that would have required buying up and demolishing two churches, and are instead going for an alternate site nearby that will require fans to walk a bit more from their cars:
The Atlanta Falcons informed the Georgia World Congress Center Authority in a letter today that the preferred south site for the new stadium is not feasible at this time because the needed property hasn’t been acquired and said the focus should now turn to the alternative site north of the Georgia Dome, a person familiar with the situation told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
UPDATE: The GWCCA board early this afternoon voted to allow the Falcons to begin due diligence work, including a soil study, on the north site.
None of this was unexpected, but given that the Falcons faced a (self-imposed) deadline of Thursday to get a deal done with the churches, it looks like everyone involved has decided the easiest route is just to move the stadium elsewhere. I’m still not clear what, if anything, this means for site acquisition costs, but at least it means no more churches will be destroyed to make way for the stadium that will replace the stadium that destroyed a previous round of churches.