Downtown Blindsided by Braves Decision

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It has come to light that City of Atlanta officials were kept in the dark regarding the Braves’ decision to pack up and head to Cobb County. When the Braves made their announcement on November 11th, officials in the Mayor’s office were just as surprised as Braves fan everywhere.

Emails that were released as a result of a Georgia Open Records request by the Atlanta Business Chronicle indicate that city officials were working with Braves representatives as recently as late October to plan stadium upgrades and improvements to Turner Field. In a statement from the city released with these email records, officials stated “We genuinely believed we were fully engaged to keep the team at Turner Field… when the Braves abruptly, and without warning, announced their intentions to move the team to Cobb County.”

It seems as though Cobb County offered a deal (under the table) that Downtown just couldn’t match. Which is no surprise, especially when you consider the $900 million in infrastructure backlog they currently face. Alternately, Cobb offered to pay 45% of all development costs – a deal that the Braves ultimately couldn’t turn down.

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