Last November, the Atlanta Braves gained the necessary government approval to move forward with plans to build a new stadium in Cobb County, GA before the start of the 2017 season.
What is ironic is that the current stadium where they play, Turner Field, is more than good enough for the team. Turner Field is big enough and it sure isn’t old. It was built in 1997 after the 1996 Olympic Games were completed.
There is always a push to keep up with modern times. Stadiums do age, but there is no reason why the Braves have to play in a new stadium. Sources say that it will cost approximately $300 million in public funds to be used to construct the $672 million stadium. In this current economy, asking local citizens to pay a good chunk of the tab is too much. Those millions of dollars should go to help the public in other ways.
What other ways, you may ask?
The recent ice and snowstorm that hit Atlanta should be a good enough reason. Atlanta residents were stuck in their cars and trucks for hours; some even had to stay in their cars overnight. If there was better city infrastructure, incidents that took place last week may never happen.
Unless Turner Field is deemed not safe for the players and the fans, the Braves should still play at their current place. And what is wrong with keeping up the tradition of playing at Turner Field? Since 1997, the Braves have been one of the most successful teams in baseball. They have an amazing run of divisional champions that most teams would die for.
At some point, the Braves will have to build or improve their current stadium, but right now just isn’t the time.