When the Braves vacate Turner Field following the final out of the 2016 season, the stadium and surrounding property is likely to undergo a massive makeover. Leaders at Georgia State University believe they have a plan to make the best use of the area, while preserving the legacy of the Olympics and the Atlanta Braves.
"We have been sharing ideas with GSU over the last several months," said Scott Taylor, president of Carter and Associates. The company has a blueprint for how they would turn the Turner Field area into the new hub of Georgia State University athletics.
"We think it's pretty unique to look at renovating Turner Field, honoring the Centennial Olympic Games, honoring the tradition of the Braves, but taking it forward," said Taylor.
The plan, estimated at around $300 million in construction costs, calls for a new football/soccer/baseball facility to be built around the footprint of the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium and Turner Field.
"We just think it's a wonderful opportunity for the students and will create a great experience for them," said Georgia State University President Mark Becker.
Becker said the football stadium would seat somewhere in the neighborhood of 32,000, and could be built by modifying and adding on to Turner Field. The baseball stadium would seat up to 2,500, and would be built where Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium stood, while maintaining the monument to Hank Aaron's 715th home run.
The development plan also calls for new student housing, as well as single and multi-family homes.
"The reason we've put (the plan) out there and put it in the public is, we have a lot of work to do, and it's now time to do that work, and you can't do that in secret," said Becker. "So we want to come out and say this is a proposal, we're sure there's other proposals, there will be other ideas for what happens there. But we think this one's particularly compelling."
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