Tour of new Falcons stadium

We got our first view of the new Falcons stadium at the same time as team owner Arthur Blank.

With 75 percent of the concrete work done, the more than 1,000 stadium construction workers are on schedule for a 2017 competition. It is welcome news to the big boss, Mr. Blank. 

"We are in a great place. Every time I have a bad day, I just come over here and leave feeling great," Blank said.

A flag pole, with old glory at half-staff, marks what will be the 50 yard line. From atop the stadium, way atop the stadium, the banner is lost in the hustle and bustle of construction.

At any one time, 18 construction cranes are at work inside and out. Most of these men and women arrive at 6 a.m. and leave at 5 p.m.

The pace is furious. But the man in charge of building the Georgia Dome in the early 90s is the same man in charge of constructing this stadium, the soon to be new home of the Falcons.

"This new stadium has many more amenities than the old stadium.  It was designed for the fan experience from the very first concept," said Bob Evans, construction foreman.

He said that was not how the Georgia Dome was built more than 20 years ago.

Arthur Blank admitted to me that critics have not been won over yet by all that has been accomplished so far. He is confident that will come with the finished product and the work being done behind the scenes on construction of the fan experience.

Back to the flag on the 50 yard line, it's there for a reason, a rallying spot for all who work there. It could have been any flag. But actually with so many veterans among workers here, it could only be the American flag.

And was at half-staff Thursday for the service members killed in Chattanooga.

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