Despite its relatively young age, Plant said Turner Field needs $150 million in routine improvements and that it would cost $200 million to truly enhance the fan experience.
The Braves were frustrated in their efforts to acquire another 5,000 parking places and also complained about the lack of direct access to the MARTA rapid-transit system. The closest station is about a mile away, and most fans who used MARTA took a connecting bus service.
The Braves brushed over the fact that MARTA doesn't even serve Cobb County, which has long rejected efforts to bring rapid transit to the suburbs and chose to develop its own limited, bus-only system.
The new stadium will be located at the interchange for two of Atlanta's busiest interstates, I-75 and I-285, and the area has been plagued by major traffic problems for years -- despite northbound I-75 being expanded as wide as seven lanes near the proposed site.
So, they're leaving a stadium that $200m in rehab for one that will cost $672m to build. They are leaving because the closest metro stop is a mile away, for a stadium where the closest metro stop is......oh, wait, there is no metro stop. They are leaving because people had to ride busses from the metro stop, and are moving to a location where they will use a circulator bus to move fans around.