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- Proposed site only 68 miles from Macon
- Clayton Co. Commission Chairman suggests land near Hartsfield-Jackson Int'l Airport
- Mercer University economist says it could be "an attractive play" for Clayton Co.
Clayton County is making a play for the new Falcons football stadium if talks with the city of Atlanta should fail.
An article on ajc.com quotes Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeff Turner as saying the county has prime land near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport that is ripe for development.
"We want to make sure they know we're interested," Turner said. "If they can't work out a deal in Atlanta, Clayton is interested in entering into discussions in how we can bring the stadium to Clayton County.
A Falcons spokeswoman said the team has not been contacted by Clayton County and is not familiar with Turner's idea.
Based on the story, the area that would be offered by Clayton County is near Old Dixie Highway and Conley Road. A $50 million project to widen and realign parts of those roads is underway.
Mercer University economist Roger Tutterow told the newspaper, "If Clayton is offering the land for a stadium, that is for (Clayton) an attractive play, if they don't have to put money up for the stadium."
The Old Dixie Highway exit is approximately 68 miles from the Macon city limits north, along I-75.