By Tim Tucker
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Atlanta Braves plan to build a new stadium in Cobb County and move there from Turner Field at the start of the 2017 season, team officials said Monday.
Braves executives John Schuerholz, Mike Plant and Derek Schiller, in a meeting with a small group of reporters, said the new ballpark will be built at the northwest intersection of I-75 and I-285 in the Galleria/Cumberland Mall area. They said the team has “secured” approximately 60 acres of land for the project.
The Braves said the stadium is projected to cost $672 million, including parking, land and infrastructure, and will be built in partnership with Cobb County.
Schiller said the Braves will be a “significant investor” in building the stadium but refused to disclose how much the team will spend. “At this point in time, we are working with Cobb County, and when those details of our exact arrangement become final, we will let you know,” Schiller said.
The Braves officials also declined to provide specifics regarding the public funding. “It is through Cobb County, and Cobb County will be responsible for delineating the various buckets of dollars,” Schiller said. READ MORE
The Atlanta Braves are going to be calling a new stadium home in 2017. This will be the third stadium the Braves will play in since 1996. The Braves played in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium until the end of the 1996 season, when they moved into Turner Field. Turner Field was originally built for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, once the Olympics ended the Braves signed a 20 year lease which ends in 2016.
Well, I’m glad I made it to Turner Field before it closes. I went in the Summer of 2003 and was able to see a Braves win over the Arizona Diamondbacks with home runs by Gary Sheffield and Marcus Giles. I was used to going to Fenway Park and not being able to bring anything into the stadium. When we showed up people were bringing coolers into the game with bottle waters and soda, people also brought in Kentucky Fried Chicken, I was in shock! I hope that I will be able to make it down to the new stadium in Cobb County, I see a road trip happening in five years. I love the fact that they are lowering the capacity to make it more intimate, less open seats in between fans will help with a home field advantage. Let’s Go Braves!
- Braves leaving Turner Field for new stadium to be built in Cobb County (thetandd.com)
- Braves to relocate to new ballpark in Cobb County for 2017 season (cbssports.com)
- Atlanta Braves to relocate to new suburban stadium in 2017 (tracking.si.com)