Schuerholz Blames Downtown for Braves Decision to Move

 

Cobb Braves

With the announcement of the Braves’ decision to leave Turner Field in downtown Atlanta at the end of their 20-year lease and construct a new stadium in Cobb County for the 2017 season came an enormous amount of uproar from city leaders and residents alike. While some seemed excited about the move and the changes it would bring about for both Downtown and Cobb County, others voiced their disproval of the decision and vowed to never cheer for the “Cobb Crackers.” In an effort to shed more light on the situation and the events that led up to the decision, Braves president John Schuerholz met with the Vinings Business Association to discuss.

According to Schuerholz, the Braves organization attempted to negotiate with Mayor Kasim Reed and the city of Atlanta to keep the Braves downtown, but they were met with “no traction on the other side.” Schuerholz said that the city explained to them that there were legislative issues that would prevent them from owning the land around the stadium, essentially preventing the organization from solving critical issues like accessibility and traffic. Schuerholz went on the say that the Braves found their solution in Cobb County and that the organization is honored to have played downtown as long as they did.

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