There’s a lot riding on Atlanta United FC’s decision to get its new stadium built in time for the 2016 MLS season.
That includes whether or not the team can secure the necessary funding to complete construction, the team announced Wednesday.
The Atlanta United soccer team’s owners, the Falcons, have made a push for a soccer stadium in the city.
That project has raised $5 billion in private and public investment, according to the league.
The team has also raised over $20 million in public funding.
The Falcons are trying to build the stadium on the site of former Atlanta Braves baseball stadium, which was converted to a sports stadium in 2016.
That site was also used by the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons in their home games from 2000 to 2013.
Atlanta United has also pitched in with a $50 million renovation of the stadium.
The team has made some changes to its soccer stadium plans, including the possibility of using a temporary soccer field to fill the seats in the stadium and replacing the seating area with a temporary basketball court.
The arena will include two soccer-specific pitches and one basketball-specific pitch.
The stadium will be the site for an expansion of the Atlanta Hawks’ home games in 2020 and 2021, according the team.
Atlanta will host two regular season games in the new stadium and will host its first-ever MLS playoff match in 2021.
The Falcons also are planning a 2018 playoff game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is near the Georgia Dome, and have secured a deal to play at Mercedes Benz Stadium in 2019.
The arena will be named the Georgia Sports and Entertainment Center and be built on a 5-acre site that includes a hotel, a community garden and a restaurant.
The hotel will include a hotel-style suite and a full bar, while the restaurant will feature a full restaurant menu, according.
The Georgia State Athletic Commission and the Georgia Lottery Corporation have also partnered to finance the project.
The state’s Lottery Commission has awarded $1 million in incentives to Atlanta United, while $200,000 of the $1 billion will be awarded in private financing, according The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.