Atlanta Braves announce plans to move to new stadium
Turner Field’s structure was originally built as the Centennial Olympic Stadium for the 1996 Summer Olympics, hosting athletic events as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. After the Olympics, the venue was reconstructed into baseball-specific Turner Field and the Braves began playing there in 1997.
The team says they plan to build a new stadium on the northwest corner of the Interstate 75-285 interchange in Cobb County.
“We are excited to announce plans to build a world-class stadium, which will open in 2017 at the NW intersection of I-75/I-285,” the team said in tweets. “We have secured a large tract of property at this location & will work to build a world-class ballpark for our fans.”
Said Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig in a statement: “The Braves have kept us apprised of their stadium situation throughout this process. Major League Baseball fully supports their decision to move to a new ballpark in Atlanta for the 2017 season, and we look forward to their continued excellence representing their community, both on and off the field.”
Mayor cites cost to taxpayers in Braves move
In a statement Monday, Reed said the city was unwilling to match an offer put together by nearby Cobb County given the needs facing Atlanta.
In a stunning announcement, the Braves said Monday they’re moving in 2017 to a new 42,000-seat, $672 million stadium about 10 miles from downtown in suburban Cobb County, apparently swayed by a lucrative financial package that was just too good to pass up.
Reed said the city couldn’t match a $450 million offer from one of Atlanta’s sprawling northern suburbs.
— David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) November 12, 2013