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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Here's what the Braves new stadium in Cobb could look like

A rendering of the proposed Braves stadium in Cobb County
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  • A rendering of the proposed Atlanta Braves stadium and nearby 'entertainment district' in Cobb County

Before Atlanta Braves fans settle into their seats at the proposed Cobb County stadium, they'll first stroll down a pedestrian boulevard featuring retail shops, restaurants, hotels, residential units, and office space.

Should county commissioners sign off on the team's new $672-million facility, Braves executives would partner with a developer on a privately-funded, $400-million mixed-use project. If team has its way, the adjacent development would open alongside the new stadium in 2017.

Team reps think the development would create a year-round experience complete with greenspace and an entertainment district that could extend beyond the club's 81 home games each season. Here's a few ways how the club's execs think it'll transform the area. So say the Braves in a document released to the public:

* The development will be a destination for community life, including significant amounts of street-oriented and neighborhood-serving retail, parks and green space.
* By incorporating green space into the design plans, the Braves are seeking to preserve existing terrain and habitat for the benefit of public use.
* The planned Cumberland District Circulator will alleviate the need for all parking to be located on site, fostering a walkable community that extends from beyond the site's footprint.
* Proper planning will allow for improved connectivity to the surrounding community to positively affect property values, quality of life and public safety.

In yet another document, which you can find below the jump, the franchise provides more details about the proposed mixed-use project. It also includes a few aerial renderings as well as a sketch of what the majestic walk to the new stadium might look like.

According to the AJC, an estimated 6,000 parking spots should be located under or around the stadium. The team says there's an estimated 30,000 spaces found within a two-mile radius of the ballpark. Some fans will rely on trams to bring them back to their cars. For the lucky few who don't get a seat on those shuttles, they'll have to make the harrowing walk across a soaring pedestrian bridge connecting the stadium to the Cobb Galleria area over I-285. Talk about enhancing the gameday experience!

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