Atlanta Braves moving from Turner Stadium to Cobb County

Turner Field, which opened in 1997, will be retired in 2016

11/11/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5134 respect

Oct 3, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of Turner Field during game one of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY SportsA couple weeks ago, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in Fenway Park. It was the first time in 95 years that they pulled it off at home, and it was the 101st season in that park.

That's a pretty stark contrast to the situation in Atlanta, where they've just announced that the Braves will be moving to Cobb County after the 2016 season.

That will basically render Turner Field useless after only 20 seasons as the Braves' home park.

Relatively speaking, Turner Field isn't old at all. There are 13 parks older than it, and it's almost unheard of to leave a stadium after only 20 years. Yet that's exactly what the Braves are planning to do.

The Braves have released a statement about the impending move, and also have a website dedicated to defending the plan and explaining why they're doing it.

The one issue that a lot of people might have with the new stadium is that they will be using some taxpayer dollars to fund the new one, despite the fact that they have a perfectly functional ballpark already.

A big reason for the move, according to the Braves, is that they wanted to get closer to the heart of the Braves' fan base, which is centered closer to the new stadium location than Turner Field, which was originally built as part of the Olympic megaplex for the 1996 Atlanta games. Here's the chart, provided by the team:
 
Blog Photo - Atlanta Braves moving from Turner Stadium to Cobb County(click to enlarge)

Here's a map of the new stadium plan, along with parking and facilities:
Blog Photo - Atlanta Braves moving from Turner Stadium to Cobb County(click to enlarge)

What do you think of this change? Are the Braves irresponsible for moving away from Turner Field so soon? Should taxpayers be upset that some of their money will be set aside for this? What's your take?
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12/5/13   |   ML31   |   3615 respect

Well, at least Atlanta may still yet be able to use the Turner Stadium.  MLS is talking to Arthur Blank about an expansion team.  With the Braves gone, Turner stadium could be downsized a bit, returned to it's oval configuration and you have a decent football pitch.  My only concern is that Atlanta is a terrible sports market and the team may not do all that well at the gate.

11/12/13   |   ML31   |   3615 respect

Sigh....  What a waste of money.  Instead of bad access near downtown the new place will have bad access away from downtown.  Brilliant.