Georgia State University has proposed converting Turner Field into a 30,000-seat football stadium and building a new college baseball park on the footprint of the former Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, which was torn down in 1997. Georgia State's proposal is part of a $300 million development that would also include retail space, residential housing and student dorms.
Critics of the Braves' new stadium say it will contribute to the city's notorious suburban sprawl and add thousands of additional vehicles to a stretch of interstate highways that already are among the busiest in traffic-clogged metro Atlanta. The Braves point out that the site is just outside the city limits, about 12 miles northwest of Turner Field, and claim a bus circulator system will ease traffic congestion on game nights.
The team and county officials also say that complaints about using public funds for a privately run stadium ignore the significant economic revenue that will be generated by the new project. The county commission is set to give final approval to the stadium deal this month without putting it before Cobb voters.