For almost a half a century, the Braves have
called Atlanta home, playing at ballparks in
downtown, first at
Fulton County Stadium and
presently at Turner Field. Built for the 1996
Olympic Games, the Braves moved into Turner Field in
1997. Since then over a dozen new ballparks have
opened in Major League Baseball and the game
experience has changed greatly. In November 2013,
the Atlanta Braves announced plans to construct a
new ballpark North of Atlanta in Cobb County, GA. A
60 acre parcel of land located at the intersection
of I-75 and I-285 near the Galleria/Cumberland Mall
has been purchased to build the facility. Estimated
cost is $672 million with the Braves paying most of
the cost of building the ballpark. The future Braves
stadium will have a seating capacity of 42,000 and
will be constructed as a mixed-use destination in
order to attract fans year-round.
The Braves decided to construct a new ballpark
due to infrastructure costs need at Turner Field. If
a new ballpark were not built, it is estimated that
$200 million in repairs would need to be completed
at Turner Field that includes replacing seats,
upgrading lighting, enhancing the fan experience,
plumbing and other vital structural improvements.
Turner Field also lacks public transportation
options and additional parking that is needed.
Furthermore, the Braves do not control any
development around Turner Field. The new Atlanta
Braves ballpark is scheduled to open in 2017.