Sometimes a team demands a new stadium when they don't need it and threatens to leave if they won't get it, but it seems the Atlanta Falcons are getting one even though they don't necessarily want it. The new stadium comes as a solution to a convoluted situation involving the Falcons lease. They don't see any urgency, and even like the Georgia Dome, their current stadium, but the city wants to ensure the Falcons stay with a billion-plus dollar new construction.
The Georgia Dome is a perfectly serviceable football arena in downtown Atlanta, a 71,000-seat facility opened in 1992 that's hosted everything from Super Bowls to Final Fours to Olympics events. And since the key words in that sentence are "perfectly serviceable" and not "state of the art," it's going to get demolished in favor of a sparkly new one ... whether the city of Atlanta needs a new dome or not.
While the Georgia Dome does what it's supposed to do, gather people in one place to watch football/concerts/revival meetings (this is the South, after all)/what-have-you, it is, in NFL dome terms, an aged beauty. And in today's NFL, aged beauties don't get Super Bowls, which is part of the end game here. The Georgia Dome hasn't hosted a Super Bowl since 2000, when the St. Louis Rams defeated the Tennessee Titans by about a foot.