Posted December 11, 2013
ATLANTA (AP) — Media baron Ted Turner said Tuesday that he is shocked the Atlanta Braves baseball team is moving out of the ballpark named after him, after just 16 years of occupancy there. But he told The Associated Press in a recent interview that if Turner Field will be demolished, he'd like to see the area become green space. The Atlanta Braves announced last month that they'll move into a new 42,000-seat, $672 million stadium complex in Cobb County beginning in 2017 -- after spending 20 years at Turner Field. The team has stated many reasons for the planned move, including transportation issues in getting to the stadium and the lack of entertainment and restaurants surrounding the park. Immediately afterward, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Turner Field would be torn down to make way for a large-scale development. But city spokeswoman Melissa Mullinax said officials have yet to make final plans for the area. Turner Field was originally built for the 1996 Summer Olympic games before it was re-developed into a baseball park for the Braves, who began playing there in 1997. ©2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.