The Atlanta Braves unveiled plans this morning to build a new cutting-edge ballpark that will open in time to start the 2017 season. The Braves have played at Turner Field since 1997 and they have informed Atlanta officials that they will not renew their 20-year lease when it expires at the end of the 2016 season.
The proposed park will cost an estimated $672 million and will include a combination of what Braves officials call a significant investment from the team as well as public funding through Cobb County. The exact details of the project have not been announced.
"We believe the new stadium location is easy to access while also giving our fans a first-rate game day experience in and around the ballpark and making it a 365-day-a-year destination," Braves president John Schuerholz said.
Initial plans call for the new stadium to seat between 41,000 and 42,000 fans, nearly 10,000 less than Turner Field. The Braves have said they will sell the naming rights to the new stadium, which is scheduled to begin construction in 2014.
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