This is seemingly a serious (attempt to) move by the Braves. However, I have a buddy who lives in Smyrna, Cobb County, less than three miles from the proposed site of the new ballpark, who is skeptical. He is not willing, nor would I expect many other residents of Cobb County will be, to cough up one penny of taxes to help build a ballpark for the Braves. He also reminds me that the traffic at the junction of the I-285 beltway and I-75, near or at the ballpark site,is horrendous a lot of the time, as I can testify to from personal experience. My friend wonders if this all isn't a ploy by the team to force Atlanta's hand into giving them more concessions for a new or renovated ballpark at the current site of Turner Field. Who knows? It'll be fun to watch this one unfold.
This is absolutely amazing. If the county officials anywhere else but in the deep South summarily told the residents they were putting them in hock for almost a half-billion dollars to build a baseball park for private owners, the citizens would be marching in the streets with torches and pitchforks. Are the folks in the old Confederacy such utter sheep that they will quietly acquiesce to such an expense with hardly a whimper?
Here's an artist's rendering of the new park.
Looks pretty nice but I don't know what is there now so are all of the buildings to the left of the stadium in the illustration going to be new and part of the grounds?
I dig the trees beyond the outfield - it looks like it will give it a woodsy look. Not sure where all the parking is however...