“This is a very early look at how our vision is shaping up and, even though we are still months away from final plans and drawings, we are very pleased with the progress,” said Braves President John Schuerholz, said in a news release. “The renderings represent the sense of place we intend to create 365 days a year in addition to a world-class ballpark.”
The Braves announced in November their intention to move to Cobb into a new $622 million stadium for the 2017 season. The team also plans to open the first phase of its surrounding mixed-use project, a blend of bars, shops, restaurants, office space, hotels and residences, in 2017 with full completion slated for 2019.
Derek Schiller, the Braves head of marketing, told reporters in a conference call that the ballpark will be oriented to the southwest. It’s not a typical ballpark layout – given the position of the sun in late afternoon hours and the view for fans and players at-bat.
MY TAKE: Looks incredible at least from the drawings. I'm digging the Kansas City inspired lake feature out beyond the outfield. Hell they could stock it with fish and use it as a fishing hole year round. I would pay to go fishing and drinking right next to the Braves stadium. The bars and shops should definitely attract more people for the games and give them something to do finally before and after. The stadium itself looks like a good mixture of classic and modern. They need to have some statues of Smoltz, Glavine, Maddux, Chipper, Murphy, Hank, Bobby, etc. to make it feel historic in it's own new way. I think making it seat 41,000 is smart. It will give it a more intimate feel. It will be interesting to see the final renderings but this is a great start. They still need to address the traffic situation and how accessible it will be for mass transit.