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Braves Unveil Plans For $400M Entertainment District Beside Cobb County Ballpark
Published November 21, 2013
IRONY HERE? ESPN.com's Jim Caple wrote of the Braves' leaving Turner Field, "Just playing in a great ballpark apparently isn't enough for owners these days. The team must also benefit financially from surrounding entertainment, drinking and shopping centers." That the franchise wants to "move to an area where it believes it can create a neighboring entertainment and shopping district is ironic, given that Turner Field has generated no such businesses in 17 years." The exceptions are the "facilities that actually do generate significant surrounding business." Most facilities "have not done so, and that includes Turner Field." This is why new stadiums "should not be viewed as economic drivers or as guaranteed ways for teams to become 'competitive.'" Ballparks "are not financial game-changers for a city" (ESPN.com, 11/20).