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Falcons fans may have to pay seat licenses

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The Atlanta Falcons are proposing a new stadium. The Atlanta Falcons are proposing a new stadium.
ATLANTA -

Atlanta Falcons season ticket holders could end up having to help foot the bill for a brand new stadium in downtown Atlanta.

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority is pursuing "seats rights" with the NFL team to help fund construction.

It's commonly called a personal seat license, but referred to as "seats rights" in the term sheet currently being negotiated between the Falcons and the state agency that operates the Georgia Dome.

David Gay says he has been a Falcons season ticket holder since 1990.

"When we got married, we bought season tickets. We dropped them for a couple of years because of the kids, but we came back as soon as Arthur Blank bought the team," said Gay.

Gays says his family won't be able to afford a hefty seat license on top of what they already pay for tickets.

"We're having to work to make sure that we can buy the season tickets on a yearly basis and put it in the budget. If we put this in then that's going to be even more that we have to come up with. And we'll probably wound up losing our season tickets," said Gay.

Officials with the Georgia World Congress Center Authority say this is not a done deal, calling it simply a snapshot of where the negotiations with the Falcons currently are on the proposed new stadium.

Gay calls even the idea of a seat license an unfair penalty on the fans who have supported the team through its ups and downs.

"Why are the Falcons fans the ones who are expected to carry the brunt of this," asked Gay.

Gay suggests that ticket prices be raised on all events at the new stadium so Falcons fans won't have to bear all the burden.

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