Well, this is interesting. The Marietta Daily Journal this morning reported that the Atlanta Braves will relocate from Turner Field to a proposed stadium in Cobb County. Writes the MDJ:
They will be leaving Turner Field after their 20 year agreement expires at the end of the 2016 season..
The new stadium will be built near the intersection of I-75 and 285. The current site is under contract and set to close in early 2014.
The AJC confirms the news. Writes Tim Tucker:
Braves executives John Schuerholz, Mike Plant and Derek Schiller said the new ballpark will be built near the intersection of I-75 and I-285 in the Galleria/Cumberland Mall area. They said the team has "secured" 60 acres of land for the project.
The Braves said the project will be built in partnership with Cobb County. They indicated that Cobb County would provide public funds toward building the stadium but declined to provide details on that.
Some questions that come up: Where did lease negotiations between the Braves and the Atlanta-Fulton Recreation Authority, which owns and operates Turner Field, fall apart? Or is this a very gutsy tactic to get a better deal? What happens to plans to redevelop the sea of parking lots that surround Turner Field?
We've contacted the Braves and Mayor Kasim Reed's office and will update when we hear back.
UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.
NOTE: This post has been updated to include new information.
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