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.