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The sun sets over Turner Field and a statue of Hank Aaron on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, the day the Braves announced that they would be moving to Cobb County.

Ben Gray, Associated Press

Ted Turner wants Atlanta to convert namesake ballpark into green space

  • Article by: JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr.
  • Associated Press
  • December 10, 2013 - 11:45 AM

ATLANTA — Ted Turner says he's shocked the Braves are moving out of the ballpark named after him in downtown Atlanta.

But he told The Associated Press in a recent interview that if Turner Field has to 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 in 2017.

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 says officials have yet to make final plans for the area.

Turner Field was originally built for the 1996 Summer Olympics before being converted into a baseball park that opened in 1997.

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