Braves to flee Atlanta for suburbs in 2017

November 12, 2013 

The Atlanta Braves plan to move from a downtown stadium to a $672 million stadium in suburban Cobb County in 2017 after the expiration of the lease on their home, Turner Field.

Turner Field, named for Ted Turner, the Braves’ former owner, was an outgrowth of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. After the Games, the 85,000-seat Centennial Olympic Stadium was converted for baseball and its capacity reduced by more than 30,000.

The new ballpark calls for just more than 41,000 seats, which would make it like many others built for baseball since the 1990s.

The impetus for the Braves moving is the expiration of their lease at Turner Field after the 2016 season and upgrades that would cost “hundreds of millions of dollars,” John Schuerholz, the team’s president, said Monday.

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