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by Michael C. Lowe | December 12, 2012

 The Georgia World Congress Center Authority and football's Atlanta Falcons have taken the first steps to bring a new stadium to the city's convention corridor. The $1 billion, open-air facility would be next to the Georgia World Congress, the fourth largest convention center in the U.S., and near the city's Centennial Olympic Park and the Georgia Dome. The new stadium, which is scheduled for a 2017 opening, is expected to serve as the home of the Atlanta Falcons football team in addition to hosting another 80 to 90 events annually, including citywide conventions and major sporting events.