The Atlanta Braves have announced the beginning of a process to build a new stadium that will open in time for the first pitch of the 2017 season. The new location is a short distance from downtown Atlanta near the northwest intersection of I-75 and I-285 in Cobb County. We have secured a large tract of property at this location and are working with Cobb County leaders to bring a world-class stadium to this location. We are extremely excited that our address will still be Atlanta and so will the name across our jersey.
This decision to move was not easy, and we have mixed emotions about leaving a ballpark that holds so many great memories. However, knowing that our lease will expire in 2016, we have devoted our time trying to secure the best option for our fans, our team and our organization. We believe this new site will be the best location for our fans and our organization for the next 30 years.
This project is a true public-private partnership. The economic benefits from the new stadium will ripple throughout the region. From the construction process, which will support more than 5,227 jobs and generate $235 million in payroll, to the ongoing benefits, the new stadium will be an economic engine for Metro Atlanta.
The reason for moving is simple. The current location has certain issues that are insurmountable and will only become more problematic over the years. These fundamental issues involve how you, our fans, access Turner Field. There is a lack of consistent mass transportation, a lack of sufficient parking and a lack of direct access to interstates. Furthermore, the Braves do not have control over the development of our immediate surroundings.
Our new location will give us the opportunity to develop the surrounding area of the new ballpark, transforming it into a mixed use, 365-day destination and creating an enhanced atmosphere for our fans during Braves games. There also will be significantly increased access to the site, enhanced parking opportunities, and, generally, easier access to and from major roadways with a variety of other transportation options.
What won’t be changing is our commitment to excellence, whether it’s putting a championship-caliber team on the field or ensuring the best ballpark experience for our passionate and dedicated fans. This new ballpark will be the new center of Braves Country and we are excited to bring a new era of Braves baseball to you.
Throughout this process we’ll be updating this website with new details about the new Home of the Braves as they become available.
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