Another new rendering of the Falcons stadium (Courtesy of Atlanta Falcons)
Another new rendering of the Falcons stadium (Courtesy of Atlanta Falcons)

The cost to build the new Falcons stadium has increased to $1.2 billion, up $200 million from the original estimate. According to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons attribute the costs to the design of the building, which includes a retractable roof and state-of-the-art video, surrounding road work and acquisition costs for the “south” site proper in Downtown.

The Falcons wound up paying $19.5 million for the Friendship Baptist Church property and $14.5 million for Friendship Baptist Church property to build on the preferred south site near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. and Northside drives.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.