Take me out to the ball game! And let’s go watch at least one more game before the Braves leave Turner Field for the suburbs.
That’s what respondents to our most recent 1Q survey say.
Nearly two-thirds of the 200 respondents said they plan to take in at least one more game at The Ted, the downtown Atlanta ball field the Braves have called home for two decades. The Braves plan to move to a new state-of-the-art stadium and development in Cobb County to start the 2017 season.
Another 15 percent of the respondents to the cellphone-based survey of adults across the communities served by Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta INtown said they may go see a Braves game this season. Only 21 percent said they would not.
“[I’m] sad to see the Braves move out of Atlanta,” said a 23-year-old Atlanta woman, “but excited to see a brand-new stadium and Braves experience.”
Not everyone was so eager to see the start of suburban baseball. Some fretted about traffic. Others questioned the team’s decision to leave the central city, asking whether it still would be the “Atlanta” Braves.
“I hate it. I much prefer Turner Field,” a 27-year-old Atlanta man said.
What respondents had to say
“It’s always hard letting go, but new memories will be made at the new stadium.”
36-year-old Brookhaven woman
“I’m excited that it’ll be a brand-new stadium. I hope it doesn’t cause traffic nightmares and I hope the stadium will spark new development in the area where people can … hang out around the stadium.”
25-year-old Buckhead man
“It will create more traffic.”
26-year-old Sandy Springs man
“Financially, it makes sense. But the perception is it’s a racist move and anti-Atlanta. Good luck with millennials!
30-year-old Atlanta man
“I think they should drop the city of Atlanta from the name. The ‘Marietta Braves’ or ‘Cobb County Braves’ sounds more honest.”
31-year-old Brookhaven man
1Q is an Atlanta-based startup that has developed a technology which sends questions and surveys to a cellphone via app or text message from businesses and organizations across the country. Respondents are paid 50 cents per answer, through PayPal, for sharing their opinions. Payments may also be donated directly to charity. Sign up to be included in our local community polls at 1Q.com/reporter or by texting REPORTER to 86312.