The Atlanta Braves are relocating to Cobb County at the intersection of I-75 and I-285, according to a report from our affiliate CBS Atlanta.
The Braves announced the move via Twitter and their website: “We are excited to announce plans to build a world-class stadium, which will open in 2017 at the NW intersection of I-75/I-285. #Braves.”
The Braves’ 20-year agreement with Turner Field expires at the end of the 2016 season.
“This decision to move was not easy, and we have mixed emotions about leaving a ballpark that holds so many great memories. However, knowing that our lease will expire in 2016, we have devoted our time trying to secure the best option for our fans, our team and our organization. We believe this new site will be the best location for our fans and our organization for the next 30 years,” said the Braves on their website.
Since the facility opened in 1997, the Braves have invested nearly $125 million in Turner Field.
Turner Field currently needs $150 million in infrastructure work (including seat replacement, upgrades to the lighting, etc.), none of which would significantly enhance the fan experience. If the Braves were to pay for additional projects focused on improving the fan experience, the additional costs could exceed $200 million.
During construction of the stadium, more than 5,227 jobs will be supported, with a total payroll of more than $235 million.
For more information, visit homeofthebraves.com.