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Protestors use playoff game to fight new stadium

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Tailgaters were up early and fired up for Sunday's playoff game and protestors of the new stadium were right there to greet them.

The group known as Common Cause Georgia along with State Senator Vincent Fort showed up armed with signs and flyers to convince people the plan for a $1 billion stadium with a retractable roof is a bad idea.

As special as the Georgia Dome is, most fans said a brand new stadium with a retractable roof would be sweet.

Bridgette Carter loves the idea.

"We can close it when it gets cold, and leave it open when it's warm. I definitely like that," said Carter.

But paying for that stadium is where the controversy starts.

The plan is for Arthur Blank to pick up the majority of the tab, but for the public to pay about a third of it through a hotel/motel tax.

Some residents said that's fine with them because of what it will bring them down the road, especially if it were to bring in the Super Bowl.

Jessica Gadson thinks the stadium would mean good things for the city.

"I think it would be great and it would also make more full time jobs," said Gadson. Carter agreed. It's going to provide more traffic, more money and it might even improve our city, so why not," said Carter.

But the protestors said those supporters are in the minority.

Fort is helping to lead the charge against the new stadium. "I've never seen anything like this. It's such a secretive process," said Fort.

Fort said the public is being left out, and there's a big chunk of the money not being talked about that won't be covered by the hotel/motel tax.

"The city has gone silent about that portion, the $50 million to $250 million for roads, water and infrastructure. I think we need some answers from the city," said Fort.

It's money the protestors said should be spent on more important things than a new stadium.

Georgia lawmakers still need to approve the deal at the capitol. Protestors said now the plan is to move from the Georgia Dome to the gold dome to continue the fight to stop it.

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