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SBD/November 25, 2013/Facilities
Cobb County Official Says Delayed Vote On Braves Ballpark Would Jeopardize Deal
Published November 25, 2013
TRAFFIC CONSIDERATIONS: In Atlanta, Andria Simmons reported a comparison of trip times to Turner Field versus the new ballpark location "suggests the weeknight drive to the game for the largest share of Braves fans could be the same or even better" when the new ballpark opens in '17. However, Cobb County officials said that it "will be months before they can complete a traffic study." Georgia Department of Transportation data regarding traffic on various routes showed that for "a lot of fans," driving to the new ballpark on a weeknight "could be quicker than driving to Turner Field." This is particularly true for motorists who "live north of the city, where the heaviest concentration of Braves ticket buyers reside" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 11/24).
KEEPIN 'EM HONEST: The JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION's Eric Stirgus noted when the Braves unveiled renderings of the proposed ballpark and adjacent entertainment complex, Braves Exec VP/Business Operations Mike Plant "boasted that no one has embarked on such an ambitious plan." He said at the time, "No one in the country has ever built a brand-new sports facility and created this kind of development at the same time." The Braves are "apparently using this claim as a talking point to sway residents to support the plan," so Stirgus "wondered whether Plant was entirely correct about the scope of what the team wants to accomplish." Braves PR Dir Beth Marshall said, "This is the first time the development and the stadium have been built simultaneously." Stirgus cited developments by the Nets, 49ers and L.A. Live, and wrote he "believes there is some context necessary to fully examine Plant's statement." But Plant's claim is "mostly true" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 11/22).