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Face-Off: Which Early Falcons Stadium Design Is Best?

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After months of rigmarole about hotel-motel taxes and the financial responsibility of state and city governments, Atlantans can now partake in the fun part — that is, spouting off about how the Falcons' new (and inexorable) $1 billion, retractable-roof stadium will look. No estimated cost (or estimate cost overruns) for either of these very early design ideas has been bandied about, and there's still the not-minor issue of two historic churches standing in the way of either stadium (a topic gaining national attention). But at least we have an idea where the firm 360 Architecture, chosen unanimously Tuesday to build the new Falcons roost, could be headed, from an aesthetic standpoint. Falcons owner Arthur Blank has repeatedly said he wants a landmark coliseum that is both iconic and frames the skyline in a titillating way. These early ideas would suggest he can have one or the other. One concept, the "Pantheon," (at left, above) is futuristic, featuring a "center oculus" that would operate like a camera shutter; the other, the "Solarium," is more traditional but still dramatic, with a rectangular design that harkens Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. 360 Architecture's last colossal build was Met Life Stadium, home of New York's Jets and Giants. Please, vote for the design of your choice, and air opinions on both potential roosts.

Before voting, have a gander at these alternate angles:

The "Pantheon of Atlanta"

And the "Solarium" concept ...

Poll results

· Falcons strike $35M deal with stadium architecture firm [WSB-TV]
· GWCCA OKs 360 Architecture as Falcons stadium designer [Atlanta Business Chronicle]