The Braves Shouldn't Leave Turner Field
The Atlanta Braves have announced that they are moving to Cobb County for the 2017 season. Reasons mentioned for this move have been numerous; from the parking, to safety, to highway access, and public transportation so believe what you will. The facts to this matter however, can not be overlooked. With this Stadium's development it will cost tax payers approx. $450 Million. That is roughly half of the entire cost of the stadium. Not to mention the surrounding area that will be developed for a "365 days a year experience." It will have less seats and more "Braves owned and operated parking." A MARTA train line doesn't even run to that area and the residence of it avoid that intersection of I-75 and 285 "at all costs." The current Stadium opened in 1996 for the Olympics, and was payed for mostly by private funding. Even though almost twenty years old the facility is still in better condition than a majority of those around the league. It would cost the Braves organization by themselves $250+ Million to renovate and upgrade the surrounding area. The tax payers wouldn't pay a thing. There will be some good to this however over 5,000 jobs will be created and an estimated $250 Million in payroll. SO unless every single one of us "tax paying Braves' fans gets a season ticket, this petition is to keep the Braves at Turner Field. I chose a target of 50,096, the capacity of the current stadium. Let's show them we don't want them to move. Also, THAT WAS NOT AN INFIELD FLY.