LOS ANGELES, November 11, 2013 — The Atlanta Braves are moving to a new home in 2017. In a press release from the team, the Braves will be leaving Turner Field after their ease is up after the 2016 season.
The reasoning according to the press release is simple, the new stadium will be more convenient for the fans in Atlanta to get to the games. Although, in the next paragraph, the statement reads, “Our new location will give us the opportunity to develop the surrounding area of the new ballpark, transforming it into a mixed use, 365-day destination and creating an enhanced atmosphere for our fans during Braves games.”
The new stadium, which will be located in Cobb County and hold 40,000 people, will be significantly less than the 50,000 people that Turner Field is capable of holding.
It is no surprise that the Braves are looking for ways to generate more cash flow and controlling the surrounding 60 acres of the new stadium will allow them to do just that. As will the sale of the naming rights to the new stadium.
The move is only surprising because Turner Field is a relatively young stadium by any measure. It was built in 1996 for the Summer Olympics as a stadium that held over 80,000 people.
In August, Ronald Homer fell to his death at Turner Field while attending a Braves game.
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