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County Commissioners approve the Braves move to the burbs

Nov 27, 2013, 8:15 AM EDT

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The outcome was never in doubt and no popular and organized opposition ever materialized anyway, so the Braves’ move to Cobb County is a go:

A crucial vote passed Tuesday night, which directs $300 million in taxpayer dollars to the development, and paves the way for the Braves move from downtown Atlanta to the northern suburbs, the Cobb County Commission said. This vote comes just two weeks and a day after the Braves made the stunning announcement that the team was moving from downtown Atlanta.

With that done, the next step — at least as far as all of us are concerned — is for them to release renderings of the ballpark. Here’s hoping it’s actually architecturally cool and interesting not just some amalgamation of luxuries, conveniences and inapt retroisms.

  1. andrewkeck41 - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Haven’t they sort of already released renderings? They’re not closeups or overly detailed, but still…

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Is the park going to be shaped like a gigantic middle finger pointed at the citizens of Atlanta?

    • dan1111 - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      Maybe it should be pointed at the citizens of Cobb County, since they are the ones picking up the bill.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        Valid point

  3. moose2k - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Whatever the design, they won’t be using it in late October.

  4. planck16 - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    I don’t know why people that aren’t Braves fans or live in Cobb County even care about this.

    I have been going to Braves games since I was 5 years old when I was living in Central Florida, on the coast of South Carolina, in the Upstate of South Carolina, and in Charlotte.

    The stadium location was terrible unless you lived down south by the Airport. The surrounding area was terrible and dangerous. No places to eat or socialize, just park and go to the game, then sit in traffice on the way out. It made sense for the Olympics, but everyone that goes to Braves games live up North of Atlanta, or come from Upstate South Carolina, or from Chattanooga, or from Birmingham, so this makes perfect sense.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      “I don’t know why people that aren’t Braves fans or live in Cobb County even care about this.”

      Because it sets precedent for other teams (and not just in MLB but all professional sports) that will end up screwing us as taxpayers.

    • lingerie00yardsale - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      This is going to be hilarious in 30 years when Atlanta is a bustling metropolis and no one drives to the ‘burbs in Cobb County. The ‘burbs have been dying a slow death surrounding many big cities across the country and I’m going to take a deep pull on my cobb pipe and laugh when it happens in Atlanta.

  5. opiedamus - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    @ lingerieyardsale: clearly you know little of Atlanta. New stadium is maybe 15 minutes from downtown, closer to the fans that attend already, and Atlanta politics is what holds the city back from being a “bustling metropolis.” With that said, all those folks that live in what is to become this mecca of “live, work, play” will surely make the 10 mile journey to attend a few games…..

    I don’t like the bill that comes with this as I live in this county, but from a purely business standpoint, I would’ve done the same thing. Also, I’m not sold on the total redevelopment of this “district.” It’s been pitched over and over again by every major sports franchise and yet it seems to rarely if ever happen. Typically, a few things are built and then it just becomes the area that the stadium is located w/out the other businesses, multitude of restaurants, mix of housing, etc.

  6. gloccamorra - Nov 27, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Many don’t like it, but we’re on a cultural treadmill that we dare not get off. Rome built arenas wherever they went, and frequently repaired their Colosseum. Hadrian’s Wall marked the end of their expansion and the end of arena building, and when the Colosseum was heavily damaged in an earthquake and not rebuilt, Rome fell. Gotta keep building those sports palaces!

  7. Minoring In Baseball - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Well, I doubt we’ll have a Cartoon Network Land in the new ballpark (I haven’t been to Turner Field since 2005, so not sure if it’s still even there or not). If it’s a good deal for the Braves and their fans, I wish them all the best. Maybe they can move the Trashers up that way, too? Wait, crap…never mind…

  8. shelbydawkins - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    They might as well leave Turner Field. That dump was a bad luck symbol when it came to the playoffs…

  9. tahjay - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Atlanta has always been operated by morons voted in by imbeciles so this all aligns. I can’t believe these billionaire owners of sports team can keep justifying that taxpayers finance their architecture; increasing that owner’s monetary worth.

    Knowing Atlanta I’m sure those who voted to finance this stadium did so with a skim in place.

  10. tahjay - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Not to mention Cobb County has an 86 million dollar education deficit, yet they will throw 300 million dollars to a man worth 6 billion of them.

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