by Matt Alderton | December 17, 2012
Atlanta has taken the first in a series of steps to develop a new stadium next to the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) announced last week.

A partnership between the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) and the Atlanta Falcons, the open-air stadium will be part of the three-facility GWCCA campus, which currently includes the GWCC, Centennial Olympic Park and the Georgia Dome. In addition to NFL football games, the stadium — which will have a retractable roof — will host 80 to 90 events annually, including citywide conventions.

"Today's announcement signifies an important first step to adding an iconic asset to our meetings portfolio, augmenting one of the world's best convention, sports and entertainment complexes," said ACVB President and CEO William Pate. "This is an investment that will pay dividends beyond the gridiron on Sunday. The retractable roof will provide flexibility for meetings that utilize large event facilities."

The new stadium, which will cost $1 billion to build, is scheduled to open in 2017.

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