The Atlanta Braves plan to move from their home at Turner Field to a new stadium in Cobb County in 2017.
The new ballpark will be at the intersection of I-75 and I-285 in the Cumberland Mall/ Cobb Galleria area. The AJC reports the new stadium is projected to cost about $672 million including parking, infrastructure, and land.
Braves executives say the team has "secured" approximate 60 acres of land for the project and will build the new stadium in partnership with Cobb County.
In a video message on the team website, Atlanta Braves President John Scherholz says team officials wanted to find a prime destination for Braves fans.
"We wanted to find a location that was great for our fans, makes getting to and from the stadium much easier, and provides a first-rate game day experience in and around the stadium," said Scherholz.
Scherholz says Braves' lease with Turner Field expires in "three short years", and the stadium is in need of hundreds of dollars of repairs.
"That massive investment would not do anything to improve access for the fan experience," said Scherholz in the video. "There are issues that we simply can't overcome."
Scherholz says the new stadium will be the "most magnificent in all of baseball." The surrounding areas around the stadium will be open all year as a mixed-use destination for fans,including entertainment options and green spaces. The plan on the Braves website sheds a few details about transportation, including more parking opportunities, a variety of transportation options, and easier access to major roads and highways.
Atlanta's Mayor Kasim Reed says he wishes the braves well, and that keeping the team in Downtown Atlanta would have been a drain on city taxpayers.
In a statement released this afternoon on the City of Atlanta website, Reed says "We have been working very hard with the Braves for a long time, and at the end of the day, there was simply no way the team was going to stay in downtown Atlanta without city taxpayers spending hundreds of millions of dollars to make that happen."
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that Mayor Reed and Governor Nathan Deal will be meeting with the Braves organization Wednesday to discuss the move. Deal's spokesperson Brian Robinson would neither confirm nor deny that report.
Turner Field was originally built for the 1996 Olympics and then retrofitted for the Braves. The thought of the not even 20-year-old stadium being closed is a tough one for young fans.
"It’s hard to think of not going there to a Braves game," said 22-year-old Macon resident Emily Zeller. She, like many fans, affectionately refers to Turner Field as "the Ted," after Atlanta media mogul Ted Turner, for whom the stadium is named.
"I’ve grown up going to games at the Ted. I’ve always wanted my kids to go to games at the Ted and they won’t. It’s really sad," Zeller said.