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SBD/December 16, 2013/Facilities
Braves, Falcons Fans Wary Of Ticket-Price Hikes At New Venues Planned For '17
Published December 16, 2013
ECONOMIC UNDERPINNINGS: The AP's Ray Henry wrote, "For the Braves, abandoning downtown Atlanta for the suburbs means moving closer to the team's fan base and developing money-making restaurants and amenities." Team officials said that it is "simply good business." But the decision also "highlights long-standing disparities over wealth, where people live and transportation -- all facets of life connected to race and social class in Atlanta." The Braves "will be moving from an area that's predominantly black and relatively poor compared to whiter Cobb County -- where the team says more ticket-buyers live." Georgia Tech professor emeritus Larry Keating, who has studied Atlanta's development, said, "It becomes a class issue in a lot of ways. A lot of the primo stuff that is highly valued by the society ends up going where the wealthiest areas are." Team officials said that they were "looking at other factors" when they chose Cobb County. Schiller: "We don't look at the exact makeup of the race, religion factor of that ticket buyer. What we're concerned about as a business that sells tickets is where do our ticket buyers come from? ... We are moving closer to where the majority of our ticket buyers come from" (AP, 12/14).