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Georgia State University has big plans for Turner Field once the Braves leave

May 9, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT

Turner Field

And no, it does not involve pouring concrete over Dan Uggla where he sits and turning him into a “living memorial.” I wouldn’t object to that, but GSU is just not on the same page as me. From the AJC:

The university wants to convert The Ted into a new 30,000-seat football, soccer and track-and-field stadium and build a new baseball park, academic buildings and green space. A private team led by real estate development powerhouse Carter and Columbia Residential would build private student housing, a mixed-use campus of shops, restaurants, retail and single-family and market-rate apartment homes on a majority of the surrounding area of about 80 acres.

There’s a map in the story showing the plan. As is the case with all situations like this, it’s a huge, huge leap from proposal stage to actually turning dirt, but it does show that there is interest in the site. There are reportedly three or four other entities who have development ideas too.

Thing about plans like this one? They represent way better use of the property than the current use to which the Braves are putting it. For a lot of reasons — some innocuous and reasonable and logistics-related, some drenched with history and problematic social arrangements and attitudes — baseball fans don’t care to come to Turner Field en masse and even when they do, they don’t want to hang around. If they did there would have been more development around the place in the past 17 years.

Who knows what will ultimately happen there — redevelopments can be great or awful and it’s way to early to know how this goes –but seeing this property better serve the citizens of Atlanta than it’s serving them now would go a long, long way toward alleviating the concerns the Braves’ unexpected move out of downtown has raised.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 9, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    pouring concrete over Dan Uggla where he sits and turning him into a “living memorial.”

    According to UZR, this happened several years ago.

    • paperlions - May 9, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      Only his feet have been embedded in concrete so far.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 9, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        The bat too, apparently.

  2. broncosbrowns - May 9, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    The problem with TUrner Field is that it is really in the wrong location. It is cut off from downtown Atlanta by both I-20 and I-75/I-85. The stadium is in the southeast quadrant of the intersection, while downtown Atlanta is in the northwest quadrant. People complained (rightly) that the Cobb County location was not really accessable by public transportation, but if you think about it, Turner Field isn’t well served, either. Only three bus routes go by Turner Field, and there are no MARTA stations nearby.

    • bravojawja - May 9, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      MARTA runs free shuttles from Five Points, the most accessible station in the system. There will be zero bus routes and even fewer (not a typo) rail stations at the new place. Complain all you want about access to The Ted, it’s a helluva better than what’s coming.

  3. tbird05 - May 9, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    I’m not sure GSU and “big plans” belong in the same sentence. However, anything is better than what is currently slated for the existing site starting 2017.

    • bravojawja - May 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      You clearly haven’t been paying attention. GSU has helped transform downtown and continues buying up buildings and real estate down there. They’re major players in (re)development.

  4. earpaniac - May 9, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    I honestly have never heard of Georgia State. Georgia yes, State no. I never understood that whole “State” thing. In Wisconsin, we have “Wisconsin”, but no “Wisconsin State”.

    • DJ MC - May 9, 2014 at 5:35 PM


  5. ud1951 - May 9, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Did you say they would build a new baseball park? This one is unsuitable for baseball?

    • spursareold - May 9, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      Too big for college ball. You’d have somewhere between hundreds and a few thousand rattling around in the park.

      • pipkin42 - May 9, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        Also, mixed-used football/baseball isn’t really ideal. This way the stands can be configured for football and other rectangular-field sports while the more uniquely-shaped baseball field can get its own (smaller) space. Makes sense to me.

  6. Tim's Neighbor - May 9, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    As a resident near the stadium, I love this idea. Universities are usually awesome for property values.

  7. Jay Croft - May 9, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Funny stuff about Uggla.

  8. bravojawja - May 9, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    This is just a distraction from the crap GSU just pulled on its student-run radio station! Save WRAS!

    (only mostly kidding here — the radio station and Atlantans who listen to it got seriously shafted by the GSU administration)

  9. mikhelb - May 9, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    They should build a Casino and call it “The Tomahawk Chop”.

  10. DJ MC - May 9, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    So the Centennial Olympic Stadium was originally designed to be transformed into Turner Field after the ’96 Games. I wonder if the plans every called for the ability to transform back?

  11. opiedamus - May 9, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Don’t want to hang around?!? Where exactly would
    you suggest we do that? The Bullpen? The tiny
    Chinese restaurant that I park my car at, which is
    2 blocks away? C’mon, the movie says “if you
    build it, they will come.” Not, “here they are, so we
    will build some shot for them.” Plus, a couple of cool
    bars less than 5 minutes away, if you know where
    they are…..

    Now, GSU is going to return this stadium back
    to its original design? At a cost of what and to
    whom? I’m not against the idea, but to trumpet
    the school as a savior and the Braves as evil?

    Well, that’s just silly……

    • DJ MC - May 9, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      The Braves are abandoning a building that will be barely 20 years old. The university will be taking over an abandoned structure less than 20 years old, re-purposing it, and adding additional development (which never happened with the Braves).

      So yeah, in comparison to the Braves, Georgia State is Jesus Tapdancing Christ.

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