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Public Money For Falcons' New Stadium Could Have Led To Braves Leaving Turner Field
Published November 12, 2013
HAD TO PICK A SIDE? USA TODAY's Ray Glier asks, "Did the city back the wrong team?" Invest Atlanta board member Julian Bene said, "The Falcons were not worth what we were giving them in hotel/motel tax because the number of games is so small." Bene added, "Now you are talking about the Braves, who play eight times as many games as the Falcons, and you are talking about a little more jobs' impact from that particular team. ... It's pretty shocking that we funded the wrong stadium" (USA TODAY, 11/12). The JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION's Schultz wrote the "lack of development is why the Braves want out." Schultz: "How do you think they felt when city officials started making (empty) promises to the Falcons and Atlanta residents about mixed used development and new restaurants around the proposed football stadium, despite the fact the area surrounding the baseball stadium remains an open sore? I’m not endorsing the Braves’ move, mind you. They’re leaving a perfectly good stadium. But I understand their mindset" (AJC.com, 11/11). Former MLBer Tom Glavine, who played 17 years with the club, said of the move, "It makes sense. I think if you ask people what they don't like about Turner Field, it's getting in and out of there and there's nothing to do down there. And I think most people enjoy the ballparks where there's an experience around it, so with the move the Braves certainly have an opportunity to not only address the getting in and out of there part of it but also address the making it more of an atmosphere that’s not just destination oriented" (WXIA-NBC, 11/11).