Cobb County Approves Financing For New Braves Stadium

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Turner Field will be the home of the Braves through 2016.
Turner Field will be the home of the Braves through 2016.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

ATLANTA -- The Braves have gained the necessary government approval to move forward with their plans to construct a new stadium and a surrounding mixed-use development in Cobb County before the start of the 2017 season.

With a 4-1 vote on Tuesday night, the Cobb County Commission approved a Memorandum of Understanding that will call for approximately $300 million in public funds to be used to construct the $672 million stadium that will be located near the northwest intersection of Interstates 75 and 285.

The Braves will invest approximately $372 million to cover upfront costs and annual payments.

"This is a significant day in the history of this franchise," Braves president John Schuerholz said. "We are grateful to the citizens of Cobb County and the leadership in the community who have worked tirelessly to bring this to fruition. I truly believe that this partnership will yield what will become one of the finest baseball and entertainment facilities in the country."

Earlier this month, the Braves announced they would leave downtown Atlanta when their Turner Field lease expires at the end of the 2016 season. The open-air stadium will be surrounded by the mixed-use development that will be aimed to make the area a year-round destination for baseball fans and consumers.

The development will include residential options and a $400 million entertainment district that will be funded solely by the Braves and private partners. Plans for this district call for the construction of restaurants, shops and at least one hotel.

Along with being responsible for all operating costs of the stadium, the Braves will team with Cobb County to cover the stadium's capital maintenance expenses. Construction of the stadium will begin next year. It will support more than 5,200 jobs with a total payroll of more than $235 million.

---- Source: MLB.com


Lee Names Rowland Full-Time Strength Coach

Lee University Athletic Director Larry Carpenter has named Garrett Ballard Rowland as the department’s first full-time strength coach. Rowland holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science (2011) from the University of Mississippi and a Master’s Degree of Science in Exercise Sciences and Community Health (2016) - Specialization in Physical Education/Teacher Education from ... (click for more)

Wolcott Shoots 65 In State Match Play

Fresh off winning the Choo Choo Invitational, Ben Wolcott shot 65 on Thursday in the opening round of the 16th Tennessee Match Play Championship at The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay. Wolcott is three shots ahead of Brentwood's Brendon Caballero. At 69 are Matt Cooper, Craig Smith, Lake Johnson, Brian Therrien and Chip Thomas. Thursday's Results:       ... (click for more)

Man, 28, Shot And Killed In East Chattanooga

A 28-year-old man was shot and killed in East Chattanooga early Friday morning. The victim was identified as Jeremy Clark, a brother of House candidate Dennis Clark. Dennis Clark said, "Jeremy, a beloved son, my younger brother and dear friend to many, was taken from us too soon. The pain from our sudden and tragic loss is Indescribable. He was a compassionate and fun-loving ... (click for more)

Siedlecki Files Amended Financial Disclosure After GOP Files Complaint; Lists Personal Loan Rather Than In-Kind Contribution

Democratic assessor of property candidate Mark Siedlecki filed an amended financial disclosure form on Friday afternoon after county Republicans said he accepted far above the legal limit from a corporation he heads. The new disclosure said he made personal loans totaling $38,288 to the campaign. It does not include any in-kind contributions. The earlier forms listed ... (click for more)

Olympic Events On The Ocoee River Made History – But It Wasn’t Easy

It started with a simple “what if” question while Atlanta officials were working on a bid to host the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.  A group of amateur kayakers from the city began asking themselves: “What if Atlanta’s bid is successful? Then where would the Olympic whitewater canoe and kayak races be held?”  To some of the members of that group, the answer was obvious. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Mr. Siedlecki, Sit Down!

This is a personal thing but one of my pet peeves is the little advertising stickers I sometimes find on the top of the front page of my newspaper. An editor at the newspaper has already determined a bit of news he or she feels I should read. And then the sticker covers it up so I have to peel it off before I can read “All the news that is fit to print.” As I groveled over my ... (click for more)