The Atlanta Braves are planning to move to a stadium complex in Cobb County, Ga. in 2017. The Braves’ lease at Turner Field will expire in 2016. (mirror.enha.kr).
The Atlanta Braves have played all of their home games at Turner Field since Apr. 4, 1997. According to the Associate Press, AP, the Braves will play their home games in a Cobb County stadium Complex in 2017.
Turner Field was originally built for Atlanta's 1996 Summer Olympics. The following year, it was converted into a baseball stadium.
The seating capacity for Turner Field is 50,096. One of the biggest attractions at the stadium is a 27-foot neon tomahawk, which is located on top of the video board.
The first game the Braves played at Turner Field was against the Chicago Cubs on April 4, 1997. The Braves won that game 5-4.
The Braves' beloved fans have witnessed many great moments at Turner Field, including:
10 of the 14 consecutive National League, NL, East Division Titles, which began in 1991. They also won the NL East Division crown this past season.
Potential future Hall of Fame Braves' third baseman Chipper Jones had the first hit at the stadium.
Jones final at-bat of his career at the stadium, Oct. 5, 2012:
One World Series appearance, the New York Yankees won the 1999 World Series 4-0.
Potential future Hall of Fame Braves' manager Bobby Cox final game on Oct. 11, 2010:
The Braves' lease from 1996 is set to expire in 2016. According to AP, Braves' executive Mike Plant said negotiations broke down earlier this year.
Part of the reason could be the amount of money the Braves would have to spend to renovate it.
According to ballparksofbaseball.com, "team officials stated Turner Field would require at least $150 million in infrastructure work, new seats, and other work to remain a viable option for the Braves."
MLB Network's "Hot Stove" discussed the details of the stadium change on Monday:
It may be a surprise to many MLB fans, but they began "talks with the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority in July," according to AP.
The new stadium complex will be able to seat 42,000 and it is will cost $672 million. The Braves' beloved fans will be able to enjoy Turner Field for three more season before they move to Cobb County.
|The new Atlanta Braves' stadium in Cobb County, Ga. is 19 miles north of the their current stadium, Turner Field. (Yahoo Sports).|