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Atlanta Braves to move to new stadium

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Updated: 11/11/2013 2:59 pm
ATLANTA, Ga. (WSB-TV) — The Atlanta Braves are moving to Cobb County.

The Braves will be building a new stadium at Circle 75 and Windy Ridge Parkway, across the street from the Boy Scouts headquarters.

The Braves announced the move with a website, Monday morning.

Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz made a recorded announcement on the website.

"We wanted to find a location that was great for our fans, makes getting to and from the stadium much easier, and provides a first rate game day experience in and aroudn the stadium," said John Schuerholz. "Turner field, which we do not own, is in needs of hundreds of millions of dollars of upgrades. Unfortunately, that massive investment would not do anything to improve access or the fan experience. These are issues we simply cannot overcome."

The Braves released an overview statement on the website:

"This decision to move was not easy, and we have mixed emotions about leaving a ballpark that holds so many great memories. However, knowing that our lease will expire in 2016, we have devoted our time trying to secure the best option for our fans, our team and our organization. We believe this new site will be the best location for our fans and our organization for the next 30 years."

The Braves say the new location is at the geographic center of the Braves fanbase.

Cobb County Commission Chair Tim Lee released a statement Monday morning.

"The Atlanta Braves are a great organization and will be a welcome addition to Cobb County. Our focus is on finalizing an agreement that will bring jobs and economic growth to the area while enhancing the experience of sports fans from across metro Atlanta.

Atlanta has evolved over the years into a broader community that offers so much for so many. Cobb County is proud to be a part of the region's continued success."

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