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City of Atlanta approves football stadium financing

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The new stadium will replace the Georgia Dome as the home to the Atlanta Falcons. (AP) The new stadium will replace the Georgia Dome as the home to the Atlanta Falcons. (AP)

The Atlanta Falcons are a step closer to getting a new stadium.

The Atlanta City Council voted to approve a financing plan to build a new downtown stadium.

The city will use hotel-motel tax revenue to pay the $200 million public contribution for the proposed $1 billion, retractable roof stadium.

The new stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2017, will replace the Georgia Dome as home of Falcon football and the SEC Championship game.

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