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The Braves unveil plans for an entertainment district surrounding their new ballpark

Nov 20, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

The story from the AJC is here. This is the artist’s rendering that accompanies it:


I don’t believe it’s fair to assume anything about the ballpark based on these, as it’s likely just preliminary to see where things go.  But I do wonder where the parking is supposed to be.

Because part of leaving Atlanta was because of a lack of parking, right?

  1. millmannj - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    I remember when the plans for the Ballpark at Arlington came out. They also were going to have an amphitheater. 3 years after the ballpark opened, the “amphitheater” consisted of a square concrete slab with an electrical outlet in the middle.

  2. The Dangerous Mabry - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    I assume the parking is at the end of those odd strips of light that stick off two sides of the picture, and then people just walk 6 miles to the stadium. Since there won’t be any dangerous “urban” people to frighten them during their walk, this is obviously preferable to Turner Field.

    • skids003 - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      Those are probably new exits off the interstates to get people into the parking areas, which look to me like they are right behind the ball parks. Look closer before you try to stir the pot.

      • richarddansky - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:11 PM

        I used to live in Atlanta. “Interstate” and “parking lot” are synonymous.

  3. ezthinking - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Sounds like they want to use the mall to the South and the one to the West as primary parking areas.

    I guess it’s part of the economic boon to the area they speak so highly of.

  4. Gordon - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    This is the same story with pretty much every new arena/stadium proposal nowadays.

  5. greymares - Nov 20, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Nice a reason for people to go to the games (maybe)

  6. mediocrebob - Nov 20, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    I didn’t realize how many haters there are for the Braves. Good god! Is it because of their ‘racist’ chants/name? Get a life people.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 20, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      I don’t hate the Braves, I hate corporate welfare. I’m an Angels fan and I’m actively hoping they do not get any public funds to renovate Angels Stadium.

      • mediocrebob - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        Well that’s very liberal of you

      • asimonetti88 - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM

        “Well that’s very liberal of you”

        I’m a proud conservative.

    • 18thstreet - Nov 20, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      The only person who brought up the racist chant is you. We were talking about land use regulations.

      • mediocrebob - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:35 PM

        Good observation however it would’ve been brought up eventually anyways. Bc people are sensitive nowadays. And people like to hear themselves talk.

  7. schuch10 - Nov 20, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    I didn’t realize that the only way to cure a lack of parking at a stadium was the creation of parking spots…

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 20, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      How do you propose increasing parking without adding parking spots?

      • paperlions - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:00 PM

        Reduce attendance.

  8. Francisco (FC) - Nov 20, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Is that some kind of secret bat-tunnel underneath the stadium a little bit beyond the right-center field? Is the parking supposed to be underground?

  9. innout10 - Nov 20, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Craig…. They say at the end of the article there will be 30,000 parking spaces within 2 miles of the ballpark. Did you just not read to the end or are you still trying to make a point that they haven’t addressed the parking?

    These are smart business people putting a lot of money into this new development. They aren’t going to forget about an aspect like parking during the planning stages. Give it a rest with the anti-stadium BS and knock off the whole public referendum garbage while you’re at it. I love this sports talk app but you are starting to bog it down with totally clueless articles with insane assumptions like they haven’t considered parking. Report the news, don’t need your opinion 15 times per day on the same thing that wont even affect the league for nearly 4 years.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 20, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      When our city built a new arena downtown, they figured on a certain amount of available parking near the site. One of these was at the State building. Only, they didn’t work that out with the State first…and the management company was charging for parking — but, of course, you cannot use public property for private benefit. Oops! Anyway, they figured this out after they scheduled a daytime event and people tried to park at the State building, per the parking map for the facility, and the state troopers there started citing people because during the day, those spaces were reserved for those doing business at the State building. I understand that the phone conversation between the mayor and the Governor was kinda awkward. But, yeah, smart business people always plan these things out.

    • clydeserra - Nov 20, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      within 2 miles? Are you European? Do you even know what kind of distance that is?

    • tmohr - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      “…30,000 parking spaces within 2 miles of the ballpark.”

      This is sort of like telling a Cubs fan that they can park at the North Avenue beach, or telling a Yankees fan that they can park in Harlem.

  10. lingerie00yardsale - Nov 20, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Now we all know where all the white women will be at.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 20, 2013 at 6:11 PM


    • DJ MC - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      Through the Vatican?

  11. moogro - Nov 20, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    The Atlanta Los Valientes Braves of Cobb County.

  12. 18thstreet - Nov 20, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Here’s what the Brewers stadium looks like from the air. Good access to highways. Plenty of parking for 42,000 seats.,+Milwaukee,+WI+53214&hnear=1+Brewers+Way,+Milwaukee,+Wisconsin+53214&t=h&z=16

    And that’s what the Braves’ new stadium will look like. There won’t be an entertainment district. This drawing is a lie.

  13. crackersnap - Nov 20, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    That rendering looks to me like they are putting all the parking under landscaping. I see greenery and trees on top of a lot of square footage worth of concrete structures that otherwise have no windows or walkways.

    So, if my observation is accurate, they are sacrificing the parking capacity on the top deck of the all parking structures in order to provide greenery. And that would, actually, be a pretty cool move forward from blacktops and concrete.

  14. atlantadawg - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    They are also building a pedestrian bridge that will connect the stadium to the cobb galleria. How about you allowthe team and county to provide he full plan before you just crap all over it? You say you are a Braves fan, but all you do is spew hate towards the team you claim is your favorite. By no means do I expect you to be a homer, but damn . You havent posted ONE article in support of the Braves.

    • gpatrick15 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:33 PM

      Completely agree!

      • richarddansky - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:13 PM

        Because, of course, there is absolutely no middle ground between “slavish adoration of everything one’s favorite team does regardless” and “spewing hate”.

        One might think that a real fan would be willing to call bullpuckey on their favorite team when they acted in suboptimal ways. And you can ask the Phillies fans on here: Craig is a real Barves fan.

    • DJ MC - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      When someone puts up a legitimate argument supporting the Braves in this, I’m sure it will be featured as well.

      It’s just going to take a while to find one.

      • tgthree - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        I’m still waiting for someone to post a legitimate argument AGAINST the Braves. How you feel about the Braves has no relation to how you feel about public funding of stadiums. Cobb County independently decided to give the Braves a good deal, and the Braves took it. How exactly are the Braves at fault for not countermanding the policy objectives (however flawed they may be) of the duly elected Cobb County commissioners?

  15. innout10 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Totally agree with atlantadawg

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