Ted Turner wants namesake ballpark as green space
When the ballpark named after Ted Turner is demolished in four
years, the media mogul hopes the city of Atlanta will convert the
vacant area into green space.
The Atlanta Braves announced last month that in 2017, they will
move out of Turner Field and into a new 42,000-seat, $672 million
stadium complex in Cobb County. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said after
the announcement that Turner Field would be torn down to make way
for a large-scale development.
”I’ve been so shocked by them moving the Braves out of
Atlanta,” Turner, 75, said in a recent interview with The
Associated Press before his Captain Planet Foundation gala. The
event drew nearly 700 attendees, including environmental activist
Erin Brockovich, to raise funds for its programs and to recognize
”I just learned the last couple of days that they intend to
tear the stadium down,” said Turner, who previously owned the
Atlanta Braves franchise. ”I thought maybe they’d find, yet, a
woman’s soccer team or something like that. … But the idea of
turning it into a green-space park would be wonderful.”
Turner has continued to spread the green message, promoting
sustainable energy and furthering other environmental causes
through his foundation. Turner thinks having green space would be
beneficial for the area once Turner Field is gone.
”It would be nice,” he said. ”It’s hard to put a price tag on
it. But there’s a lot of shopping already in the area so I’m not
sure shopping – I just really haven’t given it a whole lot of
Melissa Mullinax, a spokeswoman for the city of Atlanta, said
Monday that officials have yet to make final plans for the area
after the demolition of Turner Field. The infrastructure of the
stadium was originally built for the 1996 Summer Olympics before
being converted to a baseball park that opened in 1997.
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