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New Renderings of Braves Stadium, Mixed-Use in Cobb

"The renderings represent the sense of place we intend to create 365 days a year in addition to a world-class ballpark." - Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz

Courtesy www.homeofthebraves.com
Courtesy www.homeofthebraves.com
The Atlanta Braves on Wednesday released conceptual renderings of the planned ballpark and mixed-use development they will open in the Cumberland area of Cobb County in April 2017.

The $622 million stadium is set to seat 41,000-plus fans and drawings released depict a venue with at least four decks and a broad sun canopy with fan-gathering space. 

"This is a very early look at how our vision is shaping up and, even though we are still months away from final plans and drawings, we are very pleased with the progress," said John Schuerholz, president of the Atlanta Braves, in a news release. "The renderings represent the sense of place we intend to create 365 days a year in addition to a world-class ballpark."

The $400 million mixed-use complex around the stadium will feature retail, dining, housing, office, a boutique hotel, an entertainment space and green space. It is scheduled for full completion in 2019.

The team also announced the launch of a wait list for fans interested in purchasing season tickets in the new Cobb stadium. Current season ticket holders already receive top priority in securing season tickets for the new ballpark. See here to join the wait list

The team announced in November that it would be moving from downtown Atlanta before the 2017 season. See here for more information on the Braves move to Cobb near the northwest intersection of I-75 and I-285.

Six months after the team made the shocking announcement, what are your feelings today on the Braves intended relocation? Has your opinion changed one way or the other since the announcement? Let us know!

Brian May 20, 2014 at 08:25 PM
Richard, the loophole is simple: To avoid a quorum in Georgia, legally, you just have to avoid more than one commissioner or city council member being at a meeting with 3rd parties, to have sort of a "virtual" meeting by having each commissioner or council member in turn meet with the same party. That's the loophole you need to be focused on in my opinion to prevent the same thing from happening in the future. Now, there's plenty of legitimate reasons for council members and commissioners to meet with groups one at a time, however to do that round-robin thing to intentionally avoid a quorum is where the loophole comes into play. The only way to defeat that loophole is the GA legislature. It won't be retroactive, but it'll prevent the same thing in the future.
Brian May 20, 2014 at 08:31 PM
Richard, the difference with the El Paso article is that the Braves are paying for the mixed-use themselves, out of pocket. It's a $300 million Braves investment just for the mixed-use and fills a huge hole in Cumberland with shops, office, and housing that will bring more people into the area. Beyond the Braves' portion of the stadium. This alone won't take Cumberland from being a sleepy office park to a vibrant community, but paired with existing investment around town and the mixed-use development as a catalyst for more investment, it will have a huge impact. I'm not saying that Cumberland will become Lenox in twenty years, but it is a step in the right direction for a long-ignored area that really is just on the other side of Buckhead and Sandy springs from I-400 but in peoples' perceptions is much farther away because there was really nothing attracting them here.
Brian May 20, 2014 at 08:39 PM
Chris, The Weather Channel smelled blood after the subsidies for the condo development which were later withdrawn due to the school board lawsuit. Pair that with the Weather Channel being dropped by DirectTV (temporarily) and knowing money would be tight, and you have a situation that the Weather Channel realized they may be able to save some money. The lesson there is to be selective about subsidies or everyone expects them. However, your argument is flawed. Where's the mixed-use? It hasn't been built yet. How is that supposed to help retain Weather Channel? Anyway, they aren't moving, it's too expensive, and if they did it'd be moving more things to NYC which we can't prevent since no mixed-use can compete with Manhatten.

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