Atlanta's Super Bowl Bid on Ice
We'll see about that. Dallas is going through a winter event this week, but is the NFL going to forsake Dallas after this storm?
Probably not. The stadium is going to be crammed with 100,000 people, the largest crowd yet. With that kind of revenue, a monsoon wouldn't chase the NFL away from Dallas.
It is the same with Atlanta. The Georgia Dome, the venue itself, probably had more to do with the city not getting the game again, not the weather. The Tennessee-St. Louis game drew 72,265.
Here is more to think about. The threat of an ice storm is not going to keep the NFL away if the state of Georgia promises to build the Falcons a new stadium.
On the contrary, Arthur Blank's fellow owners will dangle this carrot. Build a stadium and you get the biggest show on earth, the Super Bowl.
For years, the NFL has said their game is worth millions and millions to the local economy, forgetting that money brought in flies out of state to the corporate headquarters of hotels and restaurant chains.
The tax revenue alone from the Super Bowl is not enough to justify a $700 million stadium.
There is going to be some political battle here in the next three years with Nathan Deal, the governor and champion of business, pushing to build a new stadium. He will talk about fiscal responsibility daily until the idea of a new stadium comes up and then he will lead the push for a new stadium for the Falcons, sponsored by tax payers.
There are plenty of citizens of Tampa, and fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are still incensed that they built a stadium for the Glazers.
What did they get for their money this season? Blackouts.