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VINE CITY | Reed promises push for open-air stadium
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ATLANTA (WXIA) -- It was a press conference set for something else, but Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed nearly stole the show in Vine City when he spoke of his hopes to bring an open-air stadium to the area.

We have been hearing from various officials that initial moves are taking place that would create an open-air stadium in the city of Atlanta -- a stadium that would be the new home of the Atlanta Falcons as early as 2017.

On Monday, Mayor Reed all but promised that stadium to the people of Vine City.

He was there to dedicate the new Super Walmart, itself a big get that officials say will bring hundreds of jobs and solve that community's need for fresh and healthy food. But three minutes into his prepared remarks, Reed said, "And I'm telling you, I'm promising you, you haven't seen anything yet. Not far from here, in a little while, we're going to start having a conversation about building a world-class stadium; it's gonna involve an investment hopefully in excess of $750-800 million that's gonna be invested right across the way."

The mayor has spoken of his support for an open-air stadium in interviews, but it's rare that he has spoken about it unprovoked.

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