In a shocking announcement, the Atlanta Braves have announced that they are leaving the city of Atlanta and Turner Field and moving to Cobb County at the start of the 2017 baseball season.
Team officials made the surprise announcement today. The Braves, who won the National League East this year, will play the next three seasons at Turner Field before moving to Cobb. The Braves’ 20-season lease at Turner Field expires after the 2016 season.
The new ballpark will be located at the intersection of I-75 and I-285 in the Cumberland Mall/Galleria area. The Braves have secured 60 acres of land for the project and will reportedly build the stadium in partnership with Cobb County. The Braves didn’t provide details but said that Cobb would provide public funds toward the project.
The Braves have played in downtown Atlanta since moving to the city from Milwaukee in 1966. Turner Field has been the home of the Braves since 1997 after it was converted into a ballpark from the Olympic Stadium.
Click HERE to read Mayor Kasim Reed’s statement on the Braves move.