Cobb County official says stadium deal took 'a couple of weeks' - CBS46 News

Cobb County official says stadium deal took 'a couple of weeks' to get done

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MARIETTA, GA (CBS ATLANTA) -

The chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners said the makings of the Braves' move to Cobb County started over a lunch meeting, at the Marietta Country Club in Kennesaw less than two months ago. Chairman Tim Lee said Monday the deal is now as good as done to bring the Braves to Cobb County.

"It's only been a couple of weeks we've been talking, and it came really quick, yes," said Lee. He said a mutual friend helped arrange the lunch meeting with Braves executives, and they were able to keep negotiations a secret until the announcement was made.

"What made it appealing to us is that it's more than just a ball park," said Lee. "The Braves have wanted to create a community, to create a place where people can go hang out 24/7/365. It's not just baseball, but it's an entire community they're going to be building here in Cobb County," he continued.

He would not reveal specifics of how much the county would pay for the stadium, but said the information would be made public soon, when commissioners formally approve the plan. Lee did not specify when that might happen.

"From the get-go I've said this is a business deal, and it had to make sense financially and it had to make sense for Cobb County that it was the right thing to do on behalf of the citizens of Cobb County, and we believe we're at that point," Lee said.

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