It’s sure made for plenty of media noise since the team and Cobb County officials announced on Nov. 11 that the Braves plan to make their new home beginning in 2017 on a 60-acre site near Cumberland Mall and Cobb Galleria Centre in Smyrna.

National media in particular have been intrigued more than anything by the odd alliance of political players on the right and the left in opposition to the announced $672 million project. It’s not every day that one reads in the left-leaning Huffington Post that “The Tea Party Got It Right.” Even environmentalists, a core Democratic constituency, are threatening to get involved.

But the well-planned “pre-emptive strike” by the Braves and Cobb County may have won the day already. The Cobb Commission voted 4-1 on Nov. 26 to commit the county to roughly $300 million “up front,” a total that grows to about $600 by the time the bond debt is retired in 30 years. And the Braves admit that since about 2005 they’ve been exploring strategies to leave Turner Field in downtown Atlanta.

In response, the loose-knit coalition of stadium opponents has vowed to pursue one or several actions to keep ground from being broken for stadium construction. But their promises of more activism seem potentially weak because of their sheer number and variety. Talk circulates about lawsuits, ethics complaints, recall elections and more. Most sources think it’s already too late to stop this apparently done deal. 

Please enter your User Name and Password to view the rest of this subscriber-only story. If you are unable to login, your account may have expired. Please contact James Online if you have any problems.




Lost your password?