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MLB’s Atlanta Braves set to move to $672m stadium

Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise Atlanta Braves is leaving its Turner Field venue 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 revealed today 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.

The infrastructure at Turner Field was originally built for the 1996 summer Olympics before being converted to a baseball park that opened in 1997, whilst the new stadium will be part of a 60-acre development near Cobb Galleria mall.

A formal agreement is yet to be made, but the franchise is confident of the move that will be financed by both the Braves and the Cobb County government, with the team responsible for any cost overruns.