Atlanta Braves abandoning Turner Field, moving to new stadium in Cobb County in 2017

Well I was sort of shocked to see this post this morning on Peach Pundit (the excellent political blog that I contribute to sporadically): UPDATED: Atlanta Braves plan move to Cobb County by 2017

The post has a variety of links, especially within the comments. Peach Pundit editor Charlie Harper speculates that the move is aimed at keeping the Braves’ audience of suburbanites coming to games.

With the city of Atlanta working so hard to keep the Falcons in town with a promised new stadium, this news would seem to throw a number of different narratives up in the air.

From the AJC:

Braves executives John Schuerholz, Mike Plant and Derek Schiller, in a meeting with a small group of reporters, said the new ballpark will be built at the northwest intersection of I-75 and I-285 in the Galleria/Cumberland Mall area. They said the team has “secured” 60 acres of land for the project.

I’m going to be curious to see if Atlanta tries to recruit a 2nd MLB team to play at Turner. Atlanta would seem a large enough metro area to support two profitable teams.