Cobb County buzzing with Braves move news

Cobb County buzzing with Braves move news

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The Braves announced Monday that they plan to build a 42,000-seat stadium along Windy Ridge Parkway near the intersection of I-75 and I-285. The Braves announced Monday that they plan to build a 42,000-seat stadium along Windy Ridge Parkway near the intersection of I-75 and I-285.
COBB COUNTY, Ga. -

While some around metro Atlanta were groveling over the thought of the Braves leaving Turner Field behind, many in Cobb County were on cloud nine Monday.  Residents and business owners alike told FOX 5 they're excited about a brand-new stadium coming to their neck of the woods.  

The team announced Monday that they plan to build a 42,000-seat stadium along Windy Ridge Parkway near the intersection of I-75 and I-285.  It will be part of a 60-acre mixed use area near Cobb Galleria and Cumberland Mall, and will sit at the heart of an entertainment district the team hopes will be destination 365 days a year.

There was a buzz in the air as news of the team's move spread.  Those we spoke to in the community had an overwhelming reaction: Bring it on.  Many say they think the new facility will be great for the area, and of course, the financial benefits stand to be huge.  It's expected to generate thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the Cobb County community.  

The Braves expect the stadium to cost about $672 million, and they say it will be built in partnership with Cobb County.  The team's agreement with the city of Atlanta expires in 2016, and they hope to begin the 2017 season in Cobb County.

Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee said negotiations were initiated by the Braves over the summer.

"I was casually introduced to some of the management team of the Atlanta Braves in the summer over lunch," Lee said. "And just talking about their future needs and what they had in mind and asked if there were opportunities that might exist in Cobb, and Cobb is open to new business so we decided to have some more conversations and it grew from that."

The team has cited a lack of mass transportation, parking and direct access to interstates as reasons they decided to make the move.  They also wanted to create an entertainment destination around their stadium, something they haven't been able to get in downtown Atlanta thus far.

Residents and business owners in Cobb County who spoke to FOX 5 on Monday said they are excited, and can't wait to be the new home of the Braves.

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