Cobb Co. Commission approves Braves deal

Cobb Co. Commission approves Braves deal

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COBB COUNTY, Ga. -

Cobb County commissioners voted on Tuesday to approve a deal to build a new Atlanta Braves stadium in the county.

The team wants to start playing in the new $672 million stadium in 2017. The stadium would be built at the intersection of Interstates 75 and 285. Under the measure, the county will pay about 45 percent -- $300 million -- of the costs, while the team will fund the rest. A $400 million mixed-use development next to the stadium would be privately funded.

The county's end of the stadium money would come from a new fee assessed on businesses in the stadium district, a new car rental tax, hotel motel taxes and re-allocation of existing revenues  -- but not from Cobb County homeowners.

A packed house filled the commission headquarters to sound off about the vote. Both opponents and supporters of the measure spoke out before the vote.

The measure passed by a 4-1 vote. Commissioner Lisa Cupid was the sole vote against the measure. She said that she wasn't against the move, but she wanted more time to go over the details.

"I believe this could have been a win-win for so many more people than what it will be today, if we only took more time to get that win," said Cupid.

Braves officials called it a "historic" day.

"This gold standard franchise has joined with a gold standard county as we plan our future together," said Braves President John Schuerholz.

An unlikely coalition called Citizens for Governmental Transparency had called to delay the vote for 60 days.

After the vote, Fulton County officials released a statement saying, in part, "Tonight's vote by commissioners in Cobb County agreeing to move ahead with efforts to bring the team there are certainly a disappointment , but political and economic leaders in Fulton County still believe the Braves could and should have a viable future in Atlanta."

That statement was signed by Fulton County Commissioner Chair John Eaves, Atlanta City Councilmembers Ceasar Mitchell and Michael Bond, Atlanta Central Progress President A.J. Robinson and Atlanta Fulton County Recreational Authority Chairman James Hughes.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has said that Turner Field will be demolished after the Braves move.

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