Turner Field has been a staple to the city of Atlanta and to the Atlanta Braves. After the 2016 season, “The Ted” will no longer be the home of the Braves.
On Monday, The Braves announced that they are planning to build a state-of-the-art ballpark that will be ready for the 2017 season. The proposed site, in Cobb County approximately 14 miles northwest of Turner Field on the northwest corner of the I-75 and I-285 intersection.
The news came as a shock to most Braves fans, since Turner Field is relatively new compared to other stadiums in Major League Baseball.
The 20 year lease will be up after 2016 season. The Braves have evaluated options for Turner Field, but decided to build another stadium to get the Braves out of downtown Atlanta.
“The access issues around Turner Field are very difficult,” Derek Schiller, the Braves’ executive vice president of sales and marketing, said. “It’s the No. 1 issue cited by our fans as to why they either don’t come to games or come to as many games. It’s difficult to get here and very difficult to get out of here. The parking situation is cumbersome and challenging.”
The new stadium, which is expected to have a corporate naming sponsor, will have approximately 10,000 fewer seats than Turner Field and upwards of 30,000 parking spots that will be owned and operated by the Braves.
Although specific financial details were not revealed, the Braves said they are “putting a significant financial investment” into the construction of the stadium, which will cost approximately $672 million and include somewhere in the neighborhood of 41,000 seats. Cobb County will also be investing in the cost of the stadium and its surroundings, as well as proposed transportation enhancements.
Details of the public funding have not been released.