Though the contract is not finalized, the Atlanta Braves have chosen Populous to design the team’s new Cobb County ballpark, replacing Turner Field.
The design contract is subject to approval from Cobb County, but the Braves did confirm the deal to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “We can confirm we have selected Populous, but we are now in the contract negotiation stage and will need approval from Cobb County,” Braves spokeswoman Beth Marshall said.
The new ballpark would open in 2017, and the Braves are involved both in the ballpark funding and development of the area surrounding the ballpark. The move away from the general downtown area runs counter to trends in ballparks.
Among the MLB ballparks designed by Populous: Target Field (Minnesota Twins), AT&T Park (San Francisco Giants), PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates), Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles), Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati Reds), Petco Park (San Diego Padres), Nationals Park (Washington Nationals) and the new Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees).
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