Tea Party members have serious beef with Atlanta Braves’ new stadium

The Atlanta Braves are moving forward with plans to build a new baseball stadium in the Cobb County suburbs, and the Tea Party is none too pleased about the development.

According to Bloomberg, the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots are expected to file a lawsuit against the Cobb County Board of Commissioners, which voted 4-1 in November to build the $672 million stadium using more than $300 million in taxpayer funds.

“If Cobb County is allowed to get away with this,” said Debbie Dooley of the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots, “you can bet other counties will do everything in their power to circumvent a vote by the people for something like this.”

It’s unlikely that a Tea Party revolt against the Braves, alone, will be enough to stop the construction of the stadium, which is slated to open in 2017 — especially because Tim Lee, chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners, has also promised the addition of a $400 million complex featuring hotels, shopping, dining, offices and apartments in the area.

“A lot of folks in other markets, they use the stadium as a catalyst for development and then wait for it to show up,” Lee told Bloomberg Businessweek. “It’s like building a roller coaster and hoping a Ferris wheel will come. We’re not doing that.”

Let’s just hope this whole stadium deal pans out better than the Braves’ recent offseason moves.

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