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Atlanta will demolish Turner Field after the Braves leave

Nov 12, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

Turner Field

So I guess the “carefully dismantling the ballpark and shipping the component parts to Oakland or Tampa Bay” option was shot down in committee:

Atlanta’s mayor said Tuesday that the city will demolish Turner Field after the Braves leave for a new stadium in the suburbs in 2017. Mayor Kasim Reed said at a news conference that the stadium will not be left vacant after the team starts playing at a new field in Cobb County in three years.

The mayor said that the site will be used for “one of the largest developments for middle-class people that the city has ever had.” So I guess that means there will be a Chili’s there or something.

Seriously, though: quick demolition and redevelopment is better than seeing a stadium rust and fall into disrepair while folks pitch pie-in-the-sky plans to repurpose a building built for a single purpose. Those schemes never ever work.

  1. stex52 - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Speaking for Houston, we resemble that remark.

    • gloccamorra - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      Wasn’t the Astrodome falling apart while it was still in use? It’s an enclosed, self contained building, at least. There are more possibilities than an open air stadium.

  2. stoutfiles - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Atlanta has a middle class living in the city? That’s news to me.

    • thatstinks - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      I think the plan is to bus the middle class in .

      • gloccamorra - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        Heh. Do you think, if they get caught in traffic driving there, they’ll just turn around and go back?

    • Tim's Neighbor - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      There are a ton of incredibly nice areas in the city and around the ballpark. Honest. I’m middle class whitey and live pretty close to the stadium!

      Really, if you go east or north from Turner, it’s middle and middle-to-upper class. West is middle and lower. Don’t go south.

      Anyway, I don’t buy this move from the city. They’ve been “wanting” to develop the area since 96, but they’ve only been marginally successful. I’m not sure what would make the area more desirable for businesses when the stadium disappears. Lowered property values maybe? This is just posturing by the city.

      I just feel like it’s that scene in Anchorman where Brick killed that guy. This thing just escalated really quickly.

  3. jgreiner9 - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    I was going to say, nice shot at us in Houston haha.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      And Detroit. And some other places.

  4. stoutfiles - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    “while folks pitch pie-in-the-sky plans to repurpose a building built for a single purpose. Those schemes never ever work.”

    Wasn’t Turner Field originally the Olympic Stadium, and converted for baseball? That scheme worked for 20 years.

    • mybrunoblog - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      A little different situation here. Yes, it was built for the 1996 Olympics but it was constructed with the intent that it would modified after the Olympics and used for baseball replacing old Fulton County Stadium.

    • schlom - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      I’m pretty sure they planned the Olympic Stadium to be converted to a baseball stadium after 1996 – so I guess technically that made the Olympic Stadium dual purpose.

    • richarddansky - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      It was originally the Olympic Stadium in much the same way that bowling ball Homer bought Marge with his initials on it was her Christmas present.

  5. Liam - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    “Cobb County’s school board approved a 2013-14 budget Thursday night that will result in five furlough days for all employees, the loss of 182 teachers through attrition and a slimmer central administration staff.

    Since March, board members and administrators have been at a crossroads on how to close an $86.4 million budget deficit largely caused by state austerity cuts and reduced local property tax collections.”

    • xdj511 - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      So what you’re saying here is… kids will have more free time to visit the new ballpark?

      • jwbiii - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        And those furloughs. . . All day tailgating!

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 12, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        And even better, as yet more undereducated Georgians, well-prepared to perpetuate the moronic “chop.”

      • clydeserra - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:42 PM

        why not? its gonna be 20 minutes closer!

  6. mybrunoblog - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    I’m reading this stuff but I still can’t wrap my head around it. Wait. A beautiful ballpark that’s less than 20 years old is being abandoned and will be torn down? Huh?

    • thatstinks - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      What part of tearing down one of the better baseball stadiums in America to build a middle class utopia in the heart of the ghetto is giving you trouble ?

  7. bravojawja - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Lots of to-be-expected bluster from everybody in the immediate wake of this nonsense. Of course the mayor is moving immediately into spinning this as somehow awesome for the city and making vague, grand promises the city hasn’t met in 17 years.

    That said, Atlanta did a great job in turning the old Atlantic Steel brownspace into a vibrant (read: tax-producing) development. Of course, the real estate market is much different now.

  8. sdelmonte - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    The most interesting part of this story is that after the public pushed back over a new stadium for the Falcons, the city decided it couldn’t afford more debt. In other words, someone in government finally said no (albeit after saying yes).

  9. happytwinsfan - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    if it was built with public funding for the olympics, repurposed with public funding for baseball, and now will be demolished using public funding to use the land for something else, why is it named after ted turner?

    • jm91rs - Nov 12, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Ted Turner pays more taxes than everyone reading these posts combined. If Atlanta wants to name the stadium after him I don’t see a problem with that.

      • jm91rs - Nov 12, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        By the way, the Cincinnati Bengals get naming rights by being the occupants of “paul brown stadium”, so I’m assuming that the city of Atlanta likely had nothing to do with the naming. If it were up to them they’d be stupid not to sell the name to a corporate sponsor.

      • happytwinsfan - Nov 12, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        nothing against ted turner, in fact he seems like a decent, public minded guy, but i prefer that stadiums be named after dead politicians – having at least some link to the community that built it.

      • gloccamorra - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        happytwinsfan – why name a long-term (at least 20 years) public facility after a dead politician nobody will remember? Name them after people whose fame endures: outlaws. How about Jesse James Field, Boston Strangler Stadium, Jack The Ripper Park?

      • happytwinsfan - Nov 12, 2013 at 8:15 PM

        mall of america field, target field, ugh. hubert h humphrey metrodome, we remember.

  10. proudlycanadian - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    The mayor’s comment indicates that the City has no plan to give the Braves a sweetheart deal in order to keep the team in the city.

    • stoutfiles - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      As if the Braves would take it. Sign a new lease, or get the taxpayers to build you a brand new stadium, in a better location, and you get to own it outright?

  11. wwttww - Nov 12, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Maybe they will have a dual imploding day for both of their “old” stadiums.

  12. jrbdmb - Nov 12, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Blow it up now! Let the Braves play on a high school field somewhere until their new stadium in Cobb County is ready.

  13. dirtydrew - Nov 12, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Can’t they just ship Turner Field piece by piece like the Statue of Liberty to Oakland. It is still pretty nice.

    • deepstblu - Nov 12, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      The Houston Colt .45s’ stadium was dismantled and reconstructed in Mexico, but I don’t think it was nearly as big as this one.

    • indaburg - Nov 12, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      No, send it to Tampa, please! We need it more than Oakland. Besides, the shipping fees cross-country to Oakland would be exorbitant. We’re much, much closer to Atlanta. We can even pick it up ourselves. We’ll send Two Men and a Truck or something.

    • happytwinsfan - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      either we get a new team, or the stadium’s moving!!

  14. Old Gator - Nov 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    With all the potshots Craig could have taken at the Macondo Banana Massacre Field fiasco, I guess I’m just happy there weren’t any snide remarks about pythons and giant land snails mixed in there.

    • happytwinsfan - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      you’ll be feeling much better after the marlins sign cano

      • gloccamorra - Nov 12, 2013 at 6:03 PM

        The way THAT works in Miami, Cano will have an off-year and be traded, along with his salary, at the deadline for a couple low-A league pitchers and a bag of fungo bats. The season-opening payroll will keep MLB and the players’ union off Loria’s butt for another year.

  15. umrguy42 - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    “So I guess that means there will be a Chili’s there or something.”

    I lol’d. +1 snark point, that man!

  16. 8man - Nov 12, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    This is just smart. I think what the mayor is saying is, “We won’t get a good enough ROI to keep the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta so they’ll move someplace else and adopt the new name of the…..Atlanta Braves.”

  17. hjworton46 - Nov 13, 2013 at 3:49 AM

    Do Atlanta really need a new baseball stadium ? This place is less than 20 years old ? That’s ridiculous.

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