Posted November 12, 2013

Atlanta to demolish Turner Field after Braves leave in 2017

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The Braves are likely moving to a new 42,000-seat, $672 million stadium in 2017. (Pouya Dianat/Atlanta Braves/Getty Images)

The Braves are moving to a new 42,000-seat, $672 million stadium in 2017. (Pouya Dianat/Atlanta Braves/Getty Images)

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday that the city will move forward with the demolition of Turner Field after the Braves leave for the suburbs in 2017.

The team had announced a day earlier that it will move to a new $672 million stadium that seats 42,000, one that is located approximately 10 miles from the downtown area of the suburbs in Cobb County.

The move is reportedly being made possible in part by $450 million in public support in Cobb County, something Reed said the city of Atlanta couldn’t afford to match, even though the team called reports of the $450 million figure “erroneous.”

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According to Christina A. Cassidy of the Associated Press, Reed said at a press conference on Tuesday that the stadium will not be left vacant when the Braves play on a new field in Cobb County in three years.  The destruction of “The Ted,” named after billionaire media mogul and philanthropist Ted Turner, will usher in an expansive middle-class development.

Reed admitted that the city was unable to keep the field from being demolished, adding that it would require the city to take on $150 million to $250 million in debt in order to make the kinds of improvements the Braves wanted at the stadium.

A contract has yet to be signed for the move to the new stadium, but Braves executive vice president Mike Plant said he’s “100 percent certain it will happen.”

Turner Field hosted the 1999 World Series, 2000 All-Star game and four National League championship series. It had initially opened as the 85,000-seat main stadium for the 1996 Olympics.

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34 comments
2001mark
2001mark

Toronto lost the '96 games because of the Atlanta bribers.  Good riddance.

ILoveMyWife
ILoveMyWife

Sickening. Just sickening. Of all the sins this country has been guilty of in the recent pass, surely up near the top is the amount of money that taxpayers spend on palaces for billionaires while our inner cities are filled with the illiterate, poor and hungry.  Now a stadium built in 1996 is no good?  Egads!

EricFuhrer
EricFuhrer

Amazing that your football stadium is less than 20 years old and now out of date.  Baseball  park seems to be obsolete.   Hmmmmm.



Pontiac22
Pontiac22

I've lived in Atlanta for 35 years. Not many people care about the Braves. It's such a transient city that even though there are plenty of sports fans, there has never been a lot of support for local teams. I think of New York, Boston, and Chicago fans, and Atlanta is a joke in comparison, even though it's a nice area to live in. I'm talking strictly sports here. The only real passion for local sports here has been for the Univ of GA football team, along with other teams in the southeast like Florida, TN, AL, Auburn, etc. 

eltex.tx
eltex.tx

at least ATL didn't get stuck with more debt. having cities pay for stadiums, just so billionaire owners can make more money is beyond stupid. I view it close to illegal. 

Smoothkaos
Smoothkaos

Damn, didn't they just move into this place and demolish Fulton County stadium?  The fans don't go to the games anyway lol

sterculius65
sterculius65

What next taxpayer funded project will Ted be able to name after himself?

TwitSpif
TwitSpif

They should only demolish half of it, turn the rest into an MLS stadium. That would be one sweet soccer stadium. Call them the Atlanta Hammers, in honor of a baseball player who once played near there. 

TwitSpif
TwitSpif

@2001mark Just think, all those memories of Atlanta 96, of which I have none, would have been of Toronto. 

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@2001mark Still bitter?   Good stuff.   Getting rid of the stadium will not change the location of an event held 17 years ago.

Chuck21
Chuck21

@ILoveMyWife   the real problem is idiot taxpayers going up in arms about welfare to the poor or anything that may try to get the poor out of welfare, YET they are ok with welfare to billionaires.  It makes no sense, and frankly, as a business owner, I find it distasteful to arbitrarily favor one business over another without any policy grounds to do so.

donald5
donald5

@EricFuhrer Really depends on how they have been updated and maintained over that period.  The original date of construction isn't always relevant.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@EricFuhrer Isn't everything that was built 20 years ago out of date compared to the new stadiums? Take a look at a picture of yourself 20 years ago and then go take a look in the mirror. 

AlanS
AlanS

@Pontiac22 Man, I don't know. When I was a kid growing up in Marietta and North GA (80s and early 90s), people seemed to really care about the Braves. While college football has always been popular in the South, it is infinitely more popular than it was even 10 years ago. It is pretty sad when September rolls around the attendance and support seems to drop.

Maybe the change in location will help like gobraves mentioned. I know I would appreciate the stadium being somewhere where there are other things to do outside the stadium, like Coors Field, besides avoiding being mugged.

I do think it's sad The Ted is going away. It was one of the early revitalization stadiums and isn't that old.  

rme41050
rme41050

You need to study your facts.  You said Atlanta "is a joke in comparison".

Attendance in 2013 - 

Atlanta - 2.5 million

Chicago Cubs - 2.6 million

Chicago White Sox - 1.7 million


Atlanta ranked 13th out of 30 teams this year.  Not bad in my book!

rme41050
rme41050

@Pontiac22 I disagree with you.  The Braves drew 2.5 million fans this year.  Well over 2 million every year.  They are a class act organization but people seem to think they have to win the World Series every year.  They bring excitement to the ball field every summer.  Consider the size of Atlanta when you compare them to Chicago, New York, and Boston.  You are just not a Braves fan.  You are a college football fan. 

gobraves
gobraves

@Pontiac22 I think you just inadvertently explained why the Braves are moving. They are relocating the stadium to accommodate the people who actually do care about the Braves and buy tickets to see them. Many of these folks are coming from nearby states and cities and towns outside of Atlanta (me included), and I don't think they'll mind not coming to the blighted part of downtown in which The Ted now sits. I agree with you--Atlanta sucks as a sports town. The Braves, however, are a regional team with a regional fan base. Comparing Atlanta to Boston or Chicago, is apples and oranges. It's just different. Probably a worse experience overall, but on the whole just different.

I still wish the Braves were staying put, but I'm also trying to be pragmatic. They don't own Turner Field and their options to refurbish the stadium and the outside area were limited. The city has time and again failed to do anything with the area, or provide any reasonable transportation options. Guess the organization finally had enough.

Chuck21
Chuck21

@eltex.tx   you make too much sense for the majority of people on this board.  Why would trustees foot the bill for one business and not another?  There is something warped about this logic, and indeed it should be illegal.  No government ever volunteered to foot the bill for 3/4 of my business headquarters.

Vivek1
Vivek1

Turner Field (Olympic Stadium) was built with 100% private funds. But hey why let the facts get in the way of your bashing.

JOHN0260
JOHN0260

@sterculius65 I don't think he has much influence in Atlanta anymore, so I doubt anything.

RichardHonig
RichardHonig

@Voiceover310 @EricFuhrer Camden Yards was opened in 1992. Chase Field was opened in 98, Comisky was opened in 91, Arlington in 94, Coors in 95, Jacobs Field in 94, Safeco in 99. None of these communities are being held for ransom to "fix" up their stadiums. This is nothing  more than tax payer welfare for the very wealthy owners. they play communities against one another to get the best hand outs. Look what's happening in SF/Oakland/San Jose right now. This has nothing to do with age

rme41050
rme41050

@gobraves @Pontiac22 I agree.  I hate to see them leave the Ted but it is big business now and they need to go to where their ticket base is which is northwest of Atlanta.  also, Atlanta could not spend the $150 million to refurbish the Ted after the new Falcon deal.  The Braves will also be able to develop the 60 acres around the stadium with restaurants, etc.  Ten years from now it will be business as usual and the Braves and fans will continue to have a championship team.

sterculius65
sterculius65

@Vivek1 Fact: over one billion in new taxes were levied for the games upon which Olympic stadium dug into for it's share. Dont let the facts get in the way of your propaganda!

donald5
donald5

@ILoveMyWife @rme41050 @Pontiac22 The Greater Boston is about 4,674 square miles.  The Metro ATL area is 8,376 square miles.  Not at all comparable.  You are counting about 2 times the area for Atlanta.  If you drew the same sized map around Boston that you use to denote the MA, you would probably get around 7-8 million.  The population of Atlanta's MSA is 5,457k and Boston's is 4,522k.  

Chuck21
Chuck21

@donald5 @ILoveMyWife 

They also make money on any other business in the city.  They never volunteer to pay 3/4 if their starting cost.  No city ever offered to pay for my business' HQ.  I guess you have to get to a certain size before that happen.

Talk about regressive taxation... but you seem ok with that.

ILoveMyWife
ILoveMyWife

@donald5  

The city earns money as a result of business that occurs within it; therefore the city should give hundreds of millions of dollars to billionaires for palaces that they will then give the revenue towards multimillionaires and gouge the average taxpayer with ludicrous ticket prices?

donald5
donald5

@ILoveMyWife You think the city doesn't make money off of tax revenue?  All the tickets, concessions, parking?  Hotel tax for people coming in to the city.  People eating before or after the game?  

Your analysis is a bit simple

ILoveMyWife
ILoveMyWife

@rme41050  

Why should the city pay to refurbish when the Braves are the ones making money off the thing?