Ground Broken for Atlanta Stadium
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Monday night at the site of Atlanta’s new multipurpose stadium.
The $1.2 billion facility will house the city’s new Major League Soccer franchise as well as its National Football League team, the Atlanta Falcons.
At the event, visitors enjoyed fireworks and wore 3-D glasses for a video featuring the planned stadium.
“I’m sure, knowing Arthur [Blank, owner of the two franchises] and knowing this community, this stadium will be something all of you will be proud of,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. “It will attract great events and be a great economic driver for this community, and all of us will look back and say this was a great thing for this community.”
MLS commissioner Don Garber was also in attendance at the ceremony.
The new stadium will have a total capacity of around 71,000, though it will be scaled down to 29,000 for MLS matches. For the MLS franchise’s first match in 2017, however, the whole building will be open as the club attempts to set an attendance record.
Bristol Rovers Memorial Bid Rejected
Attempts to have the home of Bristol Rovers FC listed as a war memorial have been rejected.
Instead, the Horfield stadium will be turned into a supermarket as part of a deal to help the club finance its new 40 million pound stadium.
Applicant Jamie Carstairs called the redevelopment “shameful”, according to the BBC, and a “failure of imagination” for the city.
However, English Heritage says the ground does not have the architectural or historic significance to warrant protection. The large gates leading to the stadium, which were built in 1921, are already listed by English Heritage.
Bristol Rovers is moving to a new 21,700-seat stadium in Frenchay.
Waterfront Site Emerges as Miami Frontrunner
With resistance mounting toward David Beckham’s top choice for his new MLS stadium, his ownership group has its sights set on its second choice.
The number one choice was a site on the port of Miami which would have required a large payoff to existing businesses such as Royal Caribbean Cruises.
However, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has suggested a sight on the downtown Miami waterfront. By filling a boat slip near American Airlines Arena, home of the NBA’s Miami Heat, enough new land would be created for a $250 million stadium complex.
After a Monday meeting between team, city, and county officials, the new site has been officially recommended.
“I think it’s good that we’re homing in on a preferred site and something both the city and the county can agree on,” Gimenez told CBS Miami.
Gimenez also said the stadium will be paid for by Beckham’s group and they will pay fair-market rent and taxes for the land.
By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin