A Braves New World
Living just outside of Atlanta, the announcement of the Braves moving to Cobb County was shocking. For selfish reasons, I’m happy the team will build a stadium north of the city. The move will greatly improve my ability to attend games. Plus, we live in Cherokee County, so we won’t have to flip any of the 450 million bill.
For Cobb County residents and the City of Atlanta, this deal isn’t as much of a win-win as it is for people like me. “The Ted” is less than 20 years old and is a very nice stadium. I’ve only taken the family a couple of times, but the experiences were positive. If not for distance, and the fact my wife dislikes baseball, we’d go more often. There’s no reason for this stadium to not house a Major League baseball team. Overall, it’s probably in the top half of parks league wide.
As for Cobb County residents, their commute to the current ballpark is opposite traffic. It takes about 25-minutes to drive there as it stands. The traffic issue will arise from drivers coming north to the stadium which is also the way home for many Cobb County residents after work. For those unfamiliar with Atlanta, traffic bottlenecks as three highways come together causing gridlock on a nightly basis. Add another 40,000 people on their way to the ballpark and it’s a messy scenario.
Regardless, the Braves are going something the Florida Marlins didn’t do. PUT THE STADIUM WHERE THE FANS ARE!
When the Marlins left a really bad stadium situation for a beautiful downtown Miami stadium, they left the fan base behind in Broward County. Anybody with even a cursory understanding of South Florida knew the new stadium would prove a dud. Broward and Palm Beach residents would find it hard to travel south, while fans within the city limits were perfectly happy to watch at home.
The conception of the stadium was little more than backroom deals to fleece Dade County residents out of as much money as possible.
In Cobb County, Braves home attendance should not only improve, but be a consistent sell out. This stinks for the guy scoring tickets for $8 a pop on StubHub, but also means the Braves have no excuse not to extend the likes of Andrelton Simmons, Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman and STILL have enough to sign a marquee pitcher like David Price.
Is this still a money grab? Yes, but it also makes a ton of sense for both the Braves organization and its fans.
For as much as baseball fans try to believe money doesn’t trump parity, nine figure payrolls for World Series champions are the norm. The Braves are built to be a contender for years to come, but only have 85-90 million to spend. A move to Cobb County remedies this and allows them to become a second tier payroll team behind the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers.
4 Feb 2014 / Mike Newman /
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