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Talk of Mega-Hotel Near Falcons Stadium Just Got Real

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From the ashes of the Georgia Dome, Atlanta's largest hotel complex (by far) could one day rise, helping accommodate the city's booming tourism and convention industry. About a year ago, plans emerged for a Georgia World Congress Center Authority high-end convention hotel next door to the new Atlanta Falcons stadium. Now, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports, the GWCC could release a request for qualifications from developers as early as next month, in hopes of opening a 2,000-room mega-hotel (possibly with two separate towers) by 2019. (For context, Atlanta's largest hotel, the Marriott Marquis, has 1,663 rooms, and it's held the "largest" crown since opening in 1985, the ABC notes.) Construction would obviously hinge on the Georgia Dome's demolition. If plans come to fruition, the changes in purpose for the Dome's footprint would be drastic — and quite possibly, welcome. Each concept suggests that an open, rectangular park would separate the hotel(s) tower from the Falcons' space-age origami. The intended usage for the greenspace isn't specified, but it's a safe bet that "alcohol prohibited" signs would be a waste of money.

· New convention hotel could be largest in the city [ABC; subscriber]
· Will New Falcons Stadium Renders Sell $20M Naming Rights? [Curbed Atlanta]

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