Posted: Friday, March 1st 2013 at 1:49pm
Flowery Branch mayor throws Falcons stadium idea in mix
By Derreck Booth Editor
FLOWERY BRANCH - While the Atlanta Falcons and their namesake city continue to hash out plans for a new stadium, other cities are making offers to the team.
While there's been no official offer, Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller is floating the idea of building the team's new stadium in his town. He said team officials are aware of his idea.
The city is home to the team's headquarters and training facility. Logistically, Miller said a stadium makes sense in Flowery Branch.
"One of the issues that they have expressed in the past was loading up equipment on game day. They have to basically transfer their whole operation to downtown Atlanta, so why not build a stadium right next to their training camp," Miller said.
The mayor said reaction to his idea has run the gamut.
"Great idea, thank you for thinking outside the box, to I will do everything I can to see that you not get re-elected," Miller
Miller said realistically he doesn't think the team will actually build the stadium in Flowery Branch, but said if you don't throw your name out there, there's no chance.
He said infrastructure would be the biggest challenge, from addition of an exit 14 to parking.
"We hope that they work out a deal with the city of Atlanta, but if it doesn't work out, why not Flowery Branch," Miller said.
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