The Atlanta Falcons struck a $35 million-deal with 360 Architecture, a Kansas City-based firm, to design a new stadium replacing the Georgia Dome. The Atlanta Falcons stadium construction is slated to begin this year, with the stadium opening in 2017. The firm is well known in NFL circles, as it was the lead designer for the new stadium of New York’s Jets and Giants. The stadium is estimated to cost $1 billion, with $200 million coming from the city’s hotel/motel tax. The location of the new stadium will be no more than two miles from the Georgia Dome, which will be subsequently torn down upon completion of the new building. The new stadium will feature a retractable roof as well as the ability to transform into a soccer field, basketball court or concert venue, and will be used for numerous other events.