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Report: Georgia State wants to remodel Turner Field

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Baseball’s Atlanta Braves surprised many last fall with the announcement of plans to pack up and leave Turner Field and build a new home a short drive away. With plans for a new football stadium for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons coming together as well, Georgia State is seeing the soon-to-be-vacant Turner Field as an opportunity. Hey, that’s a good idea.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Georgia State has a proposal to convert the baseball stadium to a 30,000-seat football stadium. The plans call for renovating the baseball stadium for football as well as the construction of retail stores, residential and student housing at a cost of an estimated $300 million. Georgia State is not the only potential bidder for the baseball stadium though, as other proposals have already been submitted to the Atlanta mayor’s office.

Georgia State currently plays home games in the Georgia Dome, although to relatively sparse crowds and with a reduced seating capacity. Reducing the number of available seats in a newer and more updated stadium could change the entire atmosphere around in a hurry for the young football program as well.  If the proposal is approved, nothing could happen for a few years anyway. The Braves still have to move into a new baseball stadium before any remodeling can be done by Georgia State. The Braves will not be moving until 2017.

If the plans are approved and Georgia State gets to call Turner Field home, Atlanta will eventually have three football stadiums including the new Falcons stadium and Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Modifying Turner Field is certainly not a unique idea of course. The stadium was originally constructed to serve as host of the 1996 Summer Olympics, with the intent to modify it for baseball once the games were complete. What’s one more remodel for a different sport at this point?

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8 Responses to “Report: Georgia State wants to remodel Turner Field”
  1. planecrashguy says: May 7, 2014 4:31 PM

    If I was a tax payer in the state of Georgia, I’d be less than thrilled.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: May 7, 2014 4:41 PM

    Sounds like a better use of the stadium than what Houston is doing with the Astrodome…

    It literally just sits there and rots… and costs the tax payers $1mm a year….

  3. Tim's Neighbor says: May 7, 2014 5:04 PM

    As a tax payer in Georgia who lives near the stadium, this plan is fantastic.

  4. planecrashguy says: May 7, 2014 7:06 PM

    OK, I must be missing something. Is the $300M mentioned in the article coming from tax dollars? If so, why spend that kind of money to revamp a stadium for a program that averages what, 5K people a game? This is the same school that had 300 or so show up for a game last year, right?

  5. manik56 says: May 7, 2014 8:21 PM

    Atlanta…where pro sports teams cone to die. And where team owners fleece the natives.

  6. dmcgrann says: May 7, 2014 10:48 PM

    If they move into a stadium without a roof, how will Georgia State do the halftime cash drop?

  7. romoscollarbone says: May 7, 2014 11:25 PM

    I was just at Turner field 3 weeks ago while on a business trip and it’s a darn shame they are leaving. I’m glad that there are redevelopment plans. Now I understand why the braves want new digs. My company is HQ’d in Cobb County so I know the difference but still Turner field is a perfectly admirable stadium and easily has 25 yrs left with regular updates.

  8. jimbo75025 says: May 8, 2014 6:28 PM

    Georgia State is in a rough position. They are way down on the trough in the Atlanta college football market. SEC rules there with Georgia Tech running a very distant second and State somewhere way way way behind that picking up the leftovers.

    They have the enrollment but its an urban commuter campus-no offense intended. Heck when State finally got their first formal dorm rooms after the Olympics the building was 5 miles from their campus and literally across the street from the GT campus. If they pick up the tab for the stadium part then let them have it with a private developer handling the shopping and other facilities. That being said, sadly I just do not see it taking off as talk has been going on of developing the area since the 1980′s.

    PS, the Braves moving out to the suburbs is a bad mistake and hope Cobb residents are ready to have no tax revenue left for other things for decades.

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