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Conceptual design for new Falcons stadium approved

ATLANTA (AP) -- The conceptual design for a new Falcons stadium in downtown Atlanta has been approved.

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority's board of governors approved the design at a meeting Tuesday.

The proposal by 360 Architecture is meant to provide direction for ongoing design work and doesn't necessarily represent the final structure. It includes an exterior meant to evoke falcon wings and giant windows to showcase a view of the city at night.

Tuesday's approval clears the way for the design team to create a detailed schematic design. The stadium's design is expected to be finalized in April 2014.

State and city officials have signed off on the $1 billion stadium in downtown Atlanta. Officials estimate $200 million in public bonds will be used to build the new, retractable-roof stadium.