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The Braves plan to break ground on their new ballpark this summer

Apr 16, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves and Cobb County have sent out their request for proposals for the construction of the new Braves ballpark up in SuburbiaLand. The requests outline the expected construction schedule, which includes ground being broken this summer and construction of the actual ballpark beginning next February. Completion is scheduled for February 2017, just before the season begins.

They are looking for contractors experienced in ballpark construction:

“The (Cobb) stadium will be unique, though many of its features will emulate those of similar and recently built MLB ballparks,” according to the document. “It will contain special features that are specifically tailored to the needs of (the Braves) and will be cohesive with the (planned adjacent mixed-use development).”

Features which emulate those of similar and recently built MLB ballparks should include things like grass, bases and garish moving sculptures that spring into action when home runs are hit. Special features specifically tailored to the needs of the Braves: a big sign that says “BARVES.”

Or so I’m hoping.

  1. @thekid9ball - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Reblogged this on The Fantasy Forensic.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      If it is true that these comments come up automatically, is there any way that can be stopped? Isn’t it bad enough that they rip off your stuff, but they also get a free plug and link to their blog?

      • @thekid9ball - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        Well,how do I stop it? I would love to get $ for my own content…I here ya

  2. natstowngreg - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Some features like other ballparks? For example, ways to get crowds in and out of the park? Like, say, access to public transportation?

    Nah, too much to ask. Have to settle for a “Barves” sign.

    • jrbdmb - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      So what is the singular version of “BARVES”? “BARF”? It starting to make a bit of sense to me now …

    • 18thstreet - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      No worries. It’s a 45,000 seat ballpark with no parking. None at all.

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      I’m sure the fans will figure out how to get there without driving or public transit. Unless those drawing are BS.

      • 18thstreet - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        Basically, wherever you see a tree in the above image, assume it will be a parking lot. And wherever you see a cool mixed-use facility close to the field, also assume it will be a parking lot. Because this is what a “neighborhood” for a modern ballpark looks like when there’s no public transit nearby: http://goo.gl/maps/qOsEr

      • jeffbbf - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        Looks like underground parking. see the entrance off the right centerfield wall.

  3. jrbdmb - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    So how much would it cost to break down Turner Field into tractor-trailer sized chunks, transport it across the country, and reassemble it in Oakland?

    • Alex K - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      Better plan is to tie a bunch of balloons, a la the movie Up, to it and let it float to Oakland.

      • bigxrob - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        That would never work. The prevailing winds in this country are West to East

      • chris3141084 - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        The Earth is round! duh. It’ll get there eventually.

      • Alex K - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        Prevailing winds shmeshmailng shminds. Nothing a hundred box fans can’t fix.

  4. rbj1 - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Might I suggest areas where the public can purchase food and beverages, including some of the adult variety?

  5. Joe Vecchio - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Will they use an axe to break ground at the future Lester Maddox Field?

  6. schmedley69 - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    They need a Zamboni-like contraption to pick up all the beer cans from the field after controversial calls.

  7. mybrunoblog - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    I read this post and it still doesnt register. The idea that a team would leave a beautiful ballpark (yes, I’ve been there) that’s less than 20 years old is mind boggling. Even crazier is that the last 22 years has been about returning baseball back to cities downtown areas not away from it. I hope for their sake the Braves know what they’re doing.

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      Google info on it… they want to move to a “better” neighborhood…

      You’ll find articles about this online…

    • scott rogers - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      The Ted, while not an eyesore by any means, is not beautiful ballpark. Kauffman Stadium, Wrigley Field, Camden Yards, those are beautiful ballyards. Turner Field was decent attempt at making a baseball field out of the Olympic stadium, it has too many bad seats too far away from the action and it’s in the bad part of the city. Say what you will about the team moving from a poor section to an affluent section, but it makes sense. That’s where the paying customers are. How anyone can have warm cozy feelings about Turner Field is beyond me. It’s better to watch a ball game in a stadium that holds 40K than one that holds 50+K.

  8. orangandblack - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    So there’s gonna be a new stadium for the fans to not come to?

  9. gloccamorra - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    How did they get all the environmental studies, reports, statements, and approvals done so quickly? Oh, right – it’s not California, it’s Georgia. No wonder the A’s are now seeking a 10 year lease extension on the Oakland Coliseum.

  10. Senor Cardgage - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Test:

    OneTwo

    Test over.

    • Senor Cardgage - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      Test:

      • One
      • Two

      Test over.

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