(ATLANTA) — The Atlanta Braves will be leaving Turner Field in 2017 and going to a new 42,000-seat, $672 million stadium about 10 miles from downtown Atlanta.
The Braves ownership said they began talks with Cobb Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority in July for a new home.
“We started looking at our future way back in 2005,” Braves executive Mike Plant said on Monday. “We recognized some of the challenges the current site held for us, and we recognized some of the opportunities that we were going to pursue to enhance those.”
The team launched a website that said the suburban stadium would be closer to the geographic center of the team’s fan base.
“The reason for moving is simple,” the team said in a statement on the website. “The current location has certain issues that are insurmountable and will only become more problematic over the years. These fundamental issues involve how you, our fans, access Turner Field. There is a lack of consistent mass transportation, a lack of sufficient parking and a lack of direct access to interstates.”
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