It's not about proximity. It's about excitement. People from OTP were willing to drive to downtown because it's COOL and SPECIAL to be in a large city, watching the ATLANTA Braves. I can guarantee you that once the stadium is put up in the "center of their fanbase," said fanbase will take it for granted and attendance will not skyrocket as they so assume.
People who want to go to games will go to games. Does the move decrease the economical cost of attending for a large number of fair weather fans? Possibly yes. But there are way more factors to consider. Who knows what the fuck will happen: unknown traffic issues, pig headed stadium managers, raised ticket prices, crappy infrastructure surrounding, construction issues (the livable stadium concept sounds like a nice sell now doesn't it? Who knows if it'll actually make it to completion) could still push people away and we'd see no better attendance than at Turner.
What about the airport and the TSA? That seems like a big deal.
Hurr durr I'm the owner of a bar and I want everyone to know that I'm a good guy that covers up graffiti and I'm a city-philanthropist and so you should come to my place 'cause I'm a good guy.
Shut up. Just paint it over silently if you really care.
40 million "visitors"? I wonder how many of them left the airport.
Interesting tactic for that Forbes page. Click the next slide and it inches ever closer to the ads on the bottom.
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