Cobb County, GA
|Team: Atlanta Braves||Opening Day: 2017|
|Cost: $622 million||Capacity: 41,500|
|Design: Populous (Kansas City)|
The Atlanta Braves announced that they will not renew their lease with the City of Atlanta for Turner Field after the 2016 season. Instead the Braves will move about ten miles northwest of their current home to the Cumberland area of Cobb County. This will be the centerpiece of a 60 acre development project near the Cobb Galeria Mall.
According to Kasim Reed, the Mayor of Atlanta, the city didn't want to pay the $150 to $200 million of improvements the Braves wanted done. The current plan is to demolish Turner Field after the 2016 season. Turner Field was originally built for the 1996 Summer Olympics. The Braves have not been pleased with their current park, due to the proximity to some of Atlanta's poorest neighborhoods, a lack of neighborhood development, and the distance between the closest rail station and the park.
This stadium will be publicly and privately financed. Cobb County will contribute $392 million with $368 million in bonds, $14 million in transportation taxes, and $10 million in cash from the Cumberland Community Improvement District. The Braves will cough up $230 to $280 million. The park will be connected via a pedestrian bridge to the Cobb Galeria shopping mall. Cobb County will run bus service to the stadium since the nearest rail station is over 10 miles away.
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