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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 9:06am

Cobb County Commission Approves Braves Stadium Deal, Despite Meeting Raucous

After a raucous scene at Tuesday night’s Cobb County Commission meeting, the ink is drying on contracts that will bring the Atlanta Braves to Cobb County.

County Commissioners gave their final approval to the plan Tuesday night that will spend almost $400 million in taxpayer money on the new suburban stadium project. They say the Braves will pay some of that money back in the form of rent.

A dozen supporters of the stadium move were able to speak at the evening meeting.

Opponents who wanted to speak against the plan to use public dollars for the project did not have a chance. The supporters of the deal had arrived hours earlier, taking all the public comment slots.

When Commission Chair Tim Lee did not allow opponents a turn at the microphone, order broke down, with the police escorting some opponents out of the meeting who spoke out of turn.

Eventually, commissioners gave final approval to seven contracts associated with the deal, passing most of them unanimously.

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