Cobb County ready for a Brave move
January 6, 2014 by Lisa
Fans of the Atlanta Braves living in Sandy Springs got some great news at the back end of last year, as the Cobb Board of Commissioners voted in favor of bringing the team to the county.
The vote, in favor of the Braves coming here by 4 to 1, will see a commitment to spend $300 million of public cash towards the funding of a new stadium. Located at the Cumberland Mall area of the county, the total cost for the baseball stadium is expected to be $672m.
A number of economic benefits and transportation improvements are also in the pipeline under the stadium plans.
Ahead of the vote, a large number of Braves fans showed their support for the move, Many were wearing T-shirts with messages claiming, ‘Cobb Home of the Braves’, while others took to sign and banner printing to get their message across.
The sentiments held outside the Marietta voting chambers were echoed inside, with commissioner JoAnn Birrell saying the vote to get the Braves here was:
“…the opportunity of a lifetime that we cannot afford to pass up.”
With the commission chambers packed full for the vote, the emphatic result was hardly a surprise.
Speaking after the vote, flanked by team general manager Frank Wren, the team president of the Braves, John Schuerholz, said:
“This is a most significant and historic day for our franchise.”
With development due to get under way soon, the Braves are expected to take to the field for the first time in Cobb in the 2017 season.