In this April 5, 1999 file photo, The Atlanta Braves, right, and the Philadelphia Phillies line the base paths as a giant American flag is stretched across the outfield while the national anthem is played before the start of their opening-day game in Atlanta. The Atlanta Braves are leaving Turner Field and moving into a new 42,000-seat, $672 million stadium complex in Cobb County in 2017. Braves executives John Schuerholz, Mike Plant and Derek Schiller said Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, that the team decided not to seek another 20-year lease at Turner Field and began talks with the Cobb Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority in July. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, Fle)
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's mayor says the city will demolish Turner Field after the Braves leave for a new stadium in the suburbs in 2017.
Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday during a press conference that the stadium will not be left vacant after the team starts playing at a new field in Cobb County.
Reed says the land will be used to create a development for middle-class people.
Reed also says that Atlanta had hoped to keep the team in the city but could not afford to do so. He says the city would have had to take on $150 million to $250 million in debt to make the improvements the Braves wanted at Turner Field. He said that doing so would not have allowed the city to accomplish other goals.
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