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The Braves will formally break ground on their new ballpark on September 16

Sep 2, 2014, 11:02 AM EDT

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If their shovels are as good as their bats have been lately, they’ll probably dig a hole three miles off target and a month too late. But for now this is the plan:

Although work has been underway on the site of the new Braves stadium in Cobb County for months, the team has scheduled a formal ground-breaking ceremony for Sept. 16.

The Braves said the ceremony will mark the start of the construction phase of the project, “putting it on schedule to host fans for Opening Day 2017.”

We still don’t know what the ballpark will look like. But here’s what they’re saying:

In a news release announcing the ground-breaking ceremony, the Braves said the new stadium “will bring together a classic ballpark feel, modern amenities and southern hospitality, creating a fan experience unlike any other.”

“Southern Hospitality” must mean that the Waffle House is staying. That’s good.

But no thanks on “a fan experience unlike any other.” We’re already getting a good deal of that lately.

  1. mdpickles - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Opening in 2017? I wonder if that’s when the Atlanta Baseball Club will also decide to move on from their racially sensitive nickname?

    • psukardi - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Or stop with the insensitive tomahawk chop that depicts Native Americans scalping their captives. But of course you’ll never hear Craig talk about that – just go on another Chief Wahoo diatribe.

      • mdpickles - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        I figured as a Phils fan, today would be the only day of the season to troll Craig. No hits!!!

      • Craig Calcaterra - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        If you actually search HBT’s archives you’ll see that, on several occasions, I have talked about the Tomahawk Chop being offensive and stupid.

      • Craig Calcaterra - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        Like, say, in any of these articles:

        http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/search/Tomahawk+Chop

      • psukardi - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:51 PM

        Right, an article that says you say it’s hard to defend the chop, one where you say “no white boys in war paint going “woo woo woo!” and an article from 2012 where in your defense say they should cut it out.

        However, that’s no where near the balance of the countless articles that go on ad nauseum about Chief Wahoo.

        But I get it – you chose to root for a franchise that hasn’t won a world series since they had a wife beater for a manager and a philanderer for a right fielder.

  2. chill1184 - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Yea for corporate welfare! Hooray!

  3. ejheim62 - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    wonder if anyone knows, is this the fastest a team has ever moved on from one new stadium to another?

    • thenricopallazzo - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      Wikipedia knows all: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Major_League_Baseball_stadiums

  4. sdelmonte - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    That sounds like a fan experience many other teams offer.

  5. ptfu - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Turner Field’s free agency can’t come soon enough for the Oakland A’s.

  6. joeflaccosunibrow - Sep 2, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    The zinger was placed at the front of the article, not the end. I’m pickin’ up what your puttin’ down.

    The struggle is real…

  7. coryfor3 - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    They don’t need it. It’s theft…a boondoggle.

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