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Old 11-11-2013, 08:33 AM
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Default Braves Leaving Turner Field

Plan to build a new park in Cobb County, which is closer to Marietta.
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:11 AM
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The first of the new stadiums to be replaced. Does this set the new standard for how quickly a stadium becomes obsolete? Kind of crazy.
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:13 AM
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Totally out of the blue. I hope ownership knows their demographics well; they just gave a big **** off to the fans on the East, and Northeast side of the city.

The stadium is less than 20 years old, what the hell?
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:15 AM
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What a waste of resources-
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:50 AM
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Wow. It wasn't my favorite looking ballpark, but it definitely should have many more years left. I can't imagine it needs as much maintenance as they say in the article.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:14 AM
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Sounds like an absolutely stupid idea to me, but what do I know, I've never owned a sports team.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:29 AM
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Times must be great in Atlanta. The 25 year old Georgia Dome is also obsolete according to the Falcons.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:38 AM
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Totally out of the blue. I hope ownership knows their demographics well; they just gave a big **** off to the fans on the East, and Northeast side of the city.

The stadium is less than 20 years old, what the hell?
Check out the map of season ticket holders. They do know where their fans are:

http://deadspin.com/reports-braves-l...nty-1462167449
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:46 AM
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This makes no sense to me whatsoever. There's only marginal public transit service to Cobb County, and it's a pain to drive there during rush hour. I know the team claims their fanbase is in the northern suburbs:



but for those who live in north Fulton County and Gwinnett County, travel to Smyrna/Cumberland Mall is gonna suck ass.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:50 AM
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Check out the map of season ticket holders. They do know where their fans are:

http://deadspin.com/reports-braves-l...nty-1462167449
If someone was going to hand me $500m and free land to build a ballpark, I'd probably take it too.

I think it would be interesting to see that map of ticket buyers for the sox and cubs.
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Old 11-11-2013, 12:14 PM
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If Turner Field isn't broken, why do they bother to look elsewhere? If teams everywhere start replacing stadiums this quickly, a lot of money is going down the tubes. Does this mean the Cell will be gone in 10 years? Makes no sense to me.
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If Turner Field isn't broken, why do they bother to look elsewhere? If teams everywhere start replacing stadiums this quickly, a lot of money is going down the tubes. Does this mean the Cell will be gone in 10 years? Makes no sense to me.
Sox are locked into their lease until 2029. At that point the stadium will be nearly 40 years old. I'd be willing to bet that with new ownership in place, there will be a lot of talk of building a new park. And I wouldn't be surprised if they used some of the same reasoning the braves are using now.
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Old 11-11-2013, 01:34 PM
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Classic case of show me the money, Cobb county is coming up with 450 million to make the deal go. Atlanta said no way.
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Old 11-11-2013, 02:02 PM
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Sox are locked into their lease until 2029. At that point the stadium will be nearly 40 years old. I'd be willing to bet that with new ownership in place, there will be a lot of talk of building a new park. And I wouldn't be surprised if they used some of the same reasoning the braves are using now.
Yeah, I agree, frankly, I think there might only be a few parks replaced before the Cell. Crazy as it is, it's the 9th oldest park in MLB now, Fenway and Wrigley aren't going anywhere. Neither is Kauffman. I doubt Dodger Stadium is, either, but this new ownership group is a real wild card.

So that leaves Angel Stadium, the Oakland Coliseum, Tropicana, and Skydome as the last 4 older parks. All of those seem likely to be replaced in the next 15 years, but after that, it has to be the Cell next in line, I'd think.

It will also be interesting to see what style ballpark the Braves end up building; wonder if they'll replicate their division rivals in Miami and build another contemporary park or if they'll go back to Retro Modern/Classic that has dominated MLB since Camden Yard opened.
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Old 11-11-2013, 02:09 PM
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Just looking over some of the previous ball-parks for teams that are now in "new" parks, it looks like 30-40 years of use is pretty normal.

Pirates (3 Rivers) - 30 years
Phillies (Veterans) - 31 years
Cardinals (Busch) - 39 years
Twins (baggie dome) - 27 years
Orioles (Memorial) - 37 years (though the park was there for 10 years before)
Braves (Fulton County) - 30 years
Brewers (County Stadium) - 37 years
Mets (Shea) - 44 years
Giants (Candlestick) - 40 years

While most of these were multi-purpose stadiums that were the cool new things when they were built and hated by the '90's, there is no reason to think that the shelf life of the newer stadiums isn't limited either, especially with how technology moves so much faster today.
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