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  •  Agreed about location (3+ / 0-)

    And this is where the original politicians messed up. And I acknowledged the many pipe dream projects that failed. I also put some responsibility on the locals and city government for the failure of that area.

    The outrage is that a  20 year old stadium built on public funds is going to be devoid of major tenants so soon and the stadium is still in good shape. Teams are asking for palaces instead of stadiums.

    •  Particularly since they (0+ / 0-)

      did a reasonably decent job of preserving the 'where stuff was' history of the older stadium - I have memories of going by the Hank Aaron home run marker in the parking lot before games at Turner Field the first few season they were there. They even had the old plate and base locations marked in the payment; little kids would run off steam before going in by running the bases out there.

      It was a change and I missed the way the wave used to get going in Fulton Co. Stadium, but it was still the same physical space.

      But out in Cobb County? That connection to the history of the team is going to be GONE.

      And one of the main justifications for the expenses of the Olympic Stadium was that it would be repurposed for baseball afterward. So now no baseball, and at the cost of millions and millions it is no longer the right shape for any other sport.

      •  Most Olympic stadiums are imploded (1+ / 0-)
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        So at least they get an additional 20 years out of it.

        If there was real investment around the stadium this would have not happened.

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        by alpolitics on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 06:52:42 PM PST

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        •  And a lot of those Olympic cities are in debt (0+ / 0-)

          It is stupid to throw away a perfectly fine stadium just because a minority of fans won't be spending time in the adjacent street drinking at a bar. Most of the families that the Braves will be catering to in Cobb County are not the types that will hang out at late night bars after the game anyway. I know I have stopped at the Vortex on the way back from a couple of Pirates games at the Ted( I am a pirates fan). I didn't need to walk up the street to get something to eat.

          The city was flat out stupid to take up all respnsibility to develop that area. Braves should have bought some surrounding properties if they wanted to profit from the surrounding areas.

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