There’s a possibility that Georgia fans could see a different red and black in Sanford Stadium next year.
The Falcons are of course building a brand new $1.5 billion stadium and its construction is expected to be finished by July 1, 2017. Should construction be extended into the NFL’s preseason schedule, Falcons president and CEO, Rich McKay, will have a backup plan., which could include a trip to Athens
“We would have options,” McKay said, according to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. “You’ve obviously got the University of Georgia. You’ve got Georgia Tech. But I wouldn’t say that we view this as … it’s not even a consideration of something we’ve looked into. We’re very confident in June 1, so we don’t view it as a problem. But we have alternatives.”
The new Mercedes-Benz Stadium is expected to hold 75,000 spectators. Sanford Stadium hols a capacity of 92,746, while Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium seats 55,00. Georgia Tech is about a mile away from the Georgia Dome and Athens is located approximately 72 miles away from downtown Atlanta.
This is being talked about as a contingency plan for now, and McClure points out that the Falcons could just play all of their preseason games on the road, as well.
Sanford Stadium has been used for other sporting events in the past, mostly notably while hosting the medal round of the 1996 Olympic men’s and women’s soccer competition.