The Atlanta Braves have announced that they are going to move away from Turner Field for the start of the 2017 season. Though this might seem soon to move after only 20 years, the move is the right thing at the right time for the franchise. Many good things about Turner Field will certainly be missed but I have a feeling that within about five minutes of the new ballpark being opened, no one will miss the old ballpark at all.
One key component to this is that the Braves do not own Turner Field or the surrounding area. The new park will be located in a nicer area at the corner of I-75 and I-285 that will be perfect for future growth. The Braves will be able to get their fans to the ballpark easier from nearly everywhere around the southeastern area. There should finally be plenty of parking and plus the ballpark will not have the limits of being owned by someone else or having started life as an Olympic Stadium.
There will be actually so much area surrounding the ballpark that the ballpark itself will be the smallest part of the complex eventually. This will be a good thing for the fans, the Braves players and the overall future of the franchise. Chances are the next dominating era of the Braves will include a sold-out stadium a lot more often after the start of the 2017 season and the entry into the new ballpark.