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Braves set to build new stadium for 2017

Nov 11, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

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17 years after moving into Turner Field, the Atlanta Braves are ready to move on.

The team announced on Monday plans to construct a new stadium in Cobb County, Ga. and make it their home park for the 2017 season. The project is estimated to cost $672 million and will be built in partnership with the county. The new stadium, yet to be named, will close Turner Field as the Braves’ ballpark after just 20 seasons.

How much exactly the Braves will spend is not yet disclosed. The park is expected to be partly financed by public funding.

The new stadium will be the second for an Atlanta professional sports team in 2017. The Falcons are also aiming to open their new $1.2 million football field with a retractable roof that year. The Falcons opened their current home, the Georgia Dome, in 1992 so it’s a quick departure for them as well.

The Braves have played in Turner Field since 1997 and in Atlanta since 1966. 12 times in their 17 years with Turner as their home they have made the postseason, and in 1999 they played in the World Series. The team’s 20-year lease at Turner Field expires after the 2016 season.

Braves officials told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the new park is expected to seat around 41,000 people, about 10,000 less than Turner Field. They also plan to sell the naming rights to the new stadium once it is built.

Construction on the Cobb County site is expected to begin late next year.

  1. TimDz - Nov 11, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Maybe the Ultimate Fighting Championship or rhe WWE can get the naming rights….

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    “The Falcons are also aiming to open their new $1.2 million football field with a retractable roof that year.”

    Chase, $1.2 million won’t even pay for the turf on the field and the drainage below it.

  3. djbinfl - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    New rumor says Braves may get a new identity also. No more Braves, or that annoying Chop?

    • ArVAFan - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      I’m sure the Atlanta fans, however many of them show up, will figure out another way to be annoying. The “reduced seating” to match the attendance got me to thinking. If Miami did the same thing, would their stadium be smaller than Space Coast in Viera? And would their home run feature shrink to the size of a pinball machine?

  4. natsfan1a - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Losing the chop would be awesome.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      Only way that happens would be to move them a real long distance like possibly back to Milwaukee.

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Looks like Matt Williams needs a new 3rd base coach. Trent to the Mariners. Congrats!

  6. David Proctor - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    NatsLady, in the other thread I saw your research on holding runners. I tend to agree with Davey that focusing on the batter is more important. BUT, there were times where our pitchers just lost complete concentration. In NLDS Game 5, Yadier Molina left so early on Storen that if Storen had been paying the slightest bit of attention he’d have been picked off easily. This year, Justin Upton did something similar. You don’t have to throw over to first 100 times or radically alter your times to the plate, but you do have to keep focus.

  7. jd - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    David,

    I agree with you completely. You can’t just give up the base uncontested.. It shouldn’t be one or the other, a major league pitcher has to be able to keep the runner close and focus on the batter. It’s been done before.

  8. fluffhead831 - Nov 11, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    The Braves just released an updated seating chart for the new stadium: http://i.imgur.com/N1qKhSw.jpg

  9. Theophilus T.S. - Nov 11, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    How ’bout the Atlanta Crackers? That wouldn’t offend anybody, would it?

  10. tcostant - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    I predict that the Braves will get an All-Star game in this new park, before Nationals Park gets one…

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