Braves’ chair: An exciting time and ‘We’re ready to get started’
by Terry McGuirk
November 28, 2013 12:00 AM | 1284 views | 3 3 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The 2012 Atlanta Braves Executive team. (Photo by Pouya Dianat/Atlanta Braves/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
The 2012 Atlanta Braves Executive team. (Photo by Pouya Dianat/Atlanta Braves/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
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On behalf of the Atlanta Braves, I want to express our appreciation and gratitude to the people of Cobb County. With this week’s vote by the Cobb County Commission, our partnership is official, and we’re thrilled about taking the next step in the long journey.

The vote was the culmination of a dedicated effort by our franchise to shore up our future in Atlanta for the long-term. In recent weeks, those efforts were accompanied by a vigorous, yet healthy public discussion that spanned the metro area.

This was good, and it’s a testament to the passion and spirit of our hometown. Now our partnership has been codified, we’re ready to build our new home.

Our thanks go to the Cobb County Commission for its approval of our partnership at Tuesday’s meeting.

It’s never easy to make a significant change, and we were legitimately torn about leaving our current home at Turner Field. We’ve made many great memories there, and at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium before then.

It was a tough decision, but we also know we’ve made the right one.

And one of the ways we know it’s the right decision is because of the way the Cobb County community has embraced us. From its local leadership to the business community to the countless fans who engaged us at HomeoftheBraves.com to let us know how excited they were about the move.

Your passion and encouragement has proven that this truly is a special place.

This project will make history, as we become the first sports franchise to simultaneously build a new stadium and a mixed-use development.

In all, the Braves will be investing more than $750 million into the construction of those two projects, creating thousands of jobs for local residents and generating millions of dollars of new tax revenue for Cobb County.

Once open, our fans — many who live in Cobb County — will be treated to a world-class ballpark providing a state-of-the-art experience both in and around the ballpark. Our signature development, which will encompass the stadium, will feature retail, restaurant and other family attractions designed to make it a year-round destination.

We will be good neighbors, eager to become immersed in your community and prove ourselves to be committed partners working toward the growth of Cobb County and the Cumberland CID. In the coming weeks, we’re going to begin to share some of our plans on how exactly we’ll be doing that.

This is an exciting time for the Braves, and we’re ready to get started.



Terry McGuirk is the chairman and CEO of the Atlanta Braves.
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letsplayballincobb
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November 29, 2013
Terry, pay the naysayers no attention. They're just clueless fools. Just know that there is a huge and enthusiastic group of Cobb County citizens who are so proud of this amazing coup of the Braves coming to our county. I'm especially impressed that it was done so quickly and efficiently so that the mental midgets couldn't get involved and screw things up. How embarrassing for Lisa Cupid to use the excuse of feeling bullied. She showed her true colors when she made the statement that she wanted something for 'her' district. People like her don't understand that this wasn't for one area...it was for Cobb COUNTY. Thanks again to you and Mr. Schurholz and Tim Lee and everyone else involved for making us proud! Go Braves!
Chief Nok-a-Homa
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November 28, 2013
Great, Terry, $300 million the county doesn't have handed over to you and your Liberty masters.

I hope you and the rest of the suits at the commission meeting will be out there directing traffic in '17.
Guido Sarducci
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November 28, 2013
You should be gloating. Our disfunctional commissioners have sold you a .7 billion dollar stadium at a staggering 45% discount. your Black Friday deal came a few days early.

Oh, I know it won't be in your name, but I also know that is go cheat the county of the property taxes.

But, based on the control you maintain over it, that is the only reason for it not to be in tour name.

As for the proposed theatre/restaurant entertainment district, you and I both know that you never intend to build even one half of it.

Thank the good people of Cobb County for electing

stupid people to representt them and hug Timmy Lee.

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