In this Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 photo, Ted Turner talks with guests at the Captain Planet Foundation benefit gala in Atlanta. Turner told The Associated Press in a recent interview that when Turner Field is demolished in four years, he hopes the city of Atlanta could turn the vacant area into green space. In November, the Atlanta Braves announced they are moving from Turner Field into a new 42,000-seat stadium complex in Cobb County in 2017. The old stadium, which was named after the 75-year-old media mogul, will be torn down after the Braves leave for their location in the suburbs. Turner, the former owner of the Braves, said he is still trying to fathom the move. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
ATLANTA (AP) — Ted Turner says he's shocked the Braves are moving out of the ballpark named after him in downtown Atlanta.
But he told The Associated Press in a recent interview that if Turner Field has to be demolished, he'd like to see the area become green space.
The Atlanta Braves announced last month that they'll move into a new 42,000-seat, $672 million stadium complex in Cobb County in 2017.
Immediately afterward, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Turner Field would be torn down to make way for a large-scale development.
But city spokeswoman Melissa Mullinax says officials have yet to make final plans for the area.
Turner Field was originally built for the 1996 Summer Olympics before being converted into a baseball park that opened in 1997.
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