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The Braves shared Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium with the Falcons until 1991. The NFL team moved into the Georgia Dome the following year and is now planning to build a new $1.2 billion retractable roof stadium next door, also to open in 2017. The project will be funded by the team and revenues from the city’s hotel tax.

After Turner Field opened in 1997, the Braves hosted the 1999 World Series, 2000 All-Star Game and four National League Championship Series.

“This decision to move was not easy, and we have mixed emotions about leaving a ballpark that holds so many great memories,” the team said on the website. “However, knowing that our lease will expire in 2016, we have devoted our time trying to secure the best option for our fans, our team and our organization. We believe this new site will be the best location for our fans and our organization for the next 30 years.”

The Braves had expressed frustration with Atlanta and Fulton County officials, who helped the Falcons work closely with the Georgia World Congress Center Authority to begin building on property adjacent to the Georgia Dome.

Plant said the Turner Field needs another $150 million of infrastructure and $200 million to enhance fans’ experience over the next few years. The Braves also were frustrated that the Atlanta Fulton County Recreational Authority could not help the team secure an additional 5,000 parking spaces.


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