No doubt you already know, but there’s a new ball park coming to town. Developer Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) has undertaken the massive project to replace the downtown Braves Stadium, Turner Field. Turner Field was constructed for the 1996 Olympics and was only meant for use during the Olympics and Paralympics; however it served as the home of the Braves for the next 20 years. Given maintenance costs estimated at well over $150 million at Turner Field, and other problems such as location and traffic, difficult access to major highways, and lack of parking spaces, the Braves decided to move to Cobb County.
The new stadium, SunTrust Park, will be part of a whole new development located at Cobb Pkwy & Windy Ridge Pkwy, right where I-75 meets I-85. The area will be called The Battery Atlanta and aims to be a preeminent sports & entertainment venue. Its goal is to be a “Play, Work, Stay, Destination” location, including 550 apartments, a nine story office building anchored by Comcast, a 260-room Omni Hotel and up to 350,000 SF of retail. The Battery Atlanta has spurred other developments in the area, including a $55-million mixed use development at the corner of Cumberland Boulevard and Riverwood Parkway.
All of this new construction raises a concern for increased traffic, but Cobb County anticipates that new traffic congestion will be decreased by new pedestrian bridges, transit options, and ridesharing options such as Uber & Lyft. SunTrust Park will have parking 360 degrees around the stadium, as well as multiple access points to the park.
The expected delivery date is February 2017, but as of June they were ahead of schedule. The Braves will be hosting the New York Yankees in an exhibition game at home on March 31 to open up the stadium. The official home opener will be April 14 against the San Diego Padres. Go Braves!
Check out the gallery below of the current construction as well as some renderings of what The Battery Atlanta will look like once completed
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