The most overlooked detail about the new Falcons stadium

Buried in this story about Arthur Blank’s publicly financed toy:

Blank said the Falcons will charge a personal seat license to season ticket holders. He would not reveal numbers but said they will be less than other teams.

A PSL, for those who don’t know, is a fee fans must to pay for the right to buy season tickets. It’s a surcharge, basically, and a expensive one.

When the New York Giants and New York Jets announced that they would be instating seat licensing in then newly-constructed MetLife Stadium, reactions were poignant.

According to the New York Times, 43-year-old Russell Ash whose family had owned season seats since 1961 bemoaned the move, “I’m not going to lie, I make a very average salary; you’re talking about a third of my salary going to a Giants season ticket…It’s like a cold slap in the face.”

So unless you’re rich, forget about ever walking along the proposed skybridge hanging over the end zone at the Stadium Few Want and Atlanta Doesn’t Need.

Vine City, meet Summerhill

Billionaire Arthur Blank wants to use taxpayer dollars to fund a new stadium. He says it could help lure an MLS franchise to Atlanta but, in case he hasn’t noticed, no one gives a damn about professional soccer. And no one should believe his claim that a new home for the Falcons will improve the surrounding neighborhoods. Yeah, just like Turner Field benefitted Summerhill.

Blank told the crowd — which booed the very mention of an open-air stadium ‐ that he hopes the facility will be a “win-win” for everyone involved, including the surrounding communities. He said the team wants the new arena to “make a difference in people’s lives” who live in downtown, Vine City, and English Avenue.

“We are committed to developing a vision with political and social leadership to build something that won’t just be a stadium but will change lives in downtown,” he said. “And those areas that have not changed because of development in downtown Atlanta, we want to make sure they do change because of our commitment.”

I hope no one falls for that bullshit, sure to be recycled by the mayor and other civic boosters.