The city of Atlanta won't have an empty ballpark sitting around after the Atlanta Braves depart Turner Field for Cobb County in 2017. Mayor Kasim Reed told the Associated Press that the Ted will be demolished.
But instead of turning Turner Field into a parking lot, Reed says the land will be turned into a housing development.
''We're going to have a master developer that is going to demolish the Ted and we're going to have one of the largest developments for middle-class people that the city has ever had," Reed said.
Reed has already been criticized for pushing for $200 million in public money for a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons, but he couldn't afford to pay $150 million of the $250 million that's needed to upgrade Turner Field.
Instead, the Braves' move to Cobb County will be to a 42,000 seat, $672 million stadium. There's no official report on how funding for the stadium will be split, but the Braves deny Reed's number of $450 million in public funding.
''At no time in our discussions with Cobb County, or any other municipality, have the Braves referenced a $450 million public investment,'' the team said in a statement. ''Reports of this figure are erroneous.''
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