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Are the Braves leaving Atlanta because of crime? Because of race?

Nov 21, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

Turner Field

People have been talking around this since the announcement of the Braves move to Cobb County last week, but today Neil deMause of Field of Schemes asks the question directly: are the Braves leaving Atlanta because their primarily white fans hate going to the predominantly black and, allegedly, crime-infested neighborhood in which Turner Field sits?

It’s the sort of thing no one would ever cop to. And the sort of thing where merely asking the question is likely to be looked at as needlessly provocative. But it’s also a fair question given how frequently one sees comments, tweets, etc. from Braves fans that — perhaps even subconsciously — evince a greater comfort with being in the burbs than the city.

My personal view: the move is primarily about money and goodies given out by Cobb County on which the Braves would be silly to pass up. But there is definitely a sense out there that a lot of Braves fans will be happy to avoid what they perceive to be the ghetto on their way to see a ballgame.

  1. Jonny 5 - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    No amount of discussion by people not directly involved in the move can answer this question accurately. To be honest, I think it’s probably just bs.

  2. bigdawg17 - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    The question is irresponsible and shows a complete lack of research (or at least lazy research) on the part of the writer. The Braves have, for many years, tried to get the city to let them do the same thing (large entertainment complex) at the current site. The city of Atlanta has said no to giving up any control. The few businesses near the stadium are in a state of crime prevention war-footing with steel cages to protect employees. The city council and mayor of Atlanta have had more than a fair chance to make this work at the current site and they have failed miserably.

    Cobb county is not as short-sighted and is going to reap a huge benefit–this will be the only complex of its type in that the stadium and the entertainment complex with clubs and restaurants etc. will all be getting built at the same time. Additional phases of building the entertainment complex will be continued after the stadium is put to use. The new facility will offer greatly increased parking, a reasonable policy for tailgaters and improved conditions for vendors. The only people who should be opposed to this are the losers who brought this situation on themselves.

    The new site may get away from crime, but that could have been accomplished at the current site with a different approach by the city council of Atlanta. They need to learn to privatize things they are inefficient at running, like the airport, garbage collection, repairing the infrastructure, etc. And they need to do a better job than they did with the contract with the parking enforcement company that everyone complains about so much.

    As far as the idea of race–sounds like you don’t know anything about the Atlanta metro area, or about Cobb country either.

  3. smeyer418 - Nov 23, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Atlanta and Georgia doesn’t deserve a baseball team at all. During the playoffs(not the world series) the stadium is not filled. Many stadiums are located in center city. Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, especially New York, which all had or have the same center city problem. They all solved it. And its not a recent problem.

  4. daubs17 - Nov 23, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    another day, another post from calcaterra perpetuating racism. yawn

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