News

Braves to build stadium that opens in 2017

Braves to build stadium that opens in 2017

BRAVES BUILDING NEW: Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Freddy Garcia throws in the first inning of Game 4 in the National League division baseball series against the Los Angeles Dodgers,l Monday, Oct. 7, in Los Angeles. Photo: Associated Press/Danny Moloshok

GEORGE HENRY, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves are leaving Turner Field and moving into a new 42,000-seat, $672 million stadium complex in Cobb County in 2017.

Braves executives John Schuerholz, Mike Plant and Derek Schiller said Monday that the team decided not to seek another 20-year lease at Turner Field and began talks with the Cobb Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority in July.

The infrastructure at Turner Field was originally built for the 1996 Summer Olympics before being converted to a baseball park that opened in 1997.

The stadium will be part of a 60-acre development near Cobb Galleria mall.

Plant says talks broke down with the Atlanta Fulton County Recreational Authority earlier this year. He adds that the team has not signed a contract with Cobb County, but he’s “100 percent certain it will happen.”

Schiller says financing will come from the Braves and the Cobb County government. The team will be responsible for any cost overruns.

Recent Headlines

in Sports

MLB: Buyers and sellers spar for deadline deals

Fresh
boston

Teams are scrambling to finish acquiring difference-making players for this season or possible future stars ahead of Thursday's trade deadline.

in Sports

Redskins hire PR firm amid fight over name

Fresh
redskins

The Washington Redskins have hired a public relations firm to help battle criticism that its name is a racial slur.

in Sports

Bosh officially re-signs with Heat

Fresh
bosh

The Miami Heat officially re-signed of nine-time All-Star forward Chris Bosh.

in National

House approves $17B veterans health care bill

Fresh
veterans

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a plan to ease delays at the scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department.

in National

House Republicans vote to sue Obama over health care

Fresh
obama

The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives cleared the way for a lawsuit accusing the President of overstepping his authority.