The Atlanta Braves shocked fans on Monday when the ball club announced its plan to leave Turner Field after less than two decades in one of Major League Baseball's most known stadiums.
Braves President John Schuerholz, in a video message posted on the team’s website, cited traffic issues, a shortage of parking spaces, and "hundreds of millions of dollars of upgrades" needed to the current stadium as reasons they have decided to build a new home. "The Ted" was originally built for the 1996 Summer Olympics, then reconfigured before the Braves moved into it the following year.
The new stadium will cost around $672 million and will be 14 miles away from its current location. The team plans to move in in 2017, 20 years after the team played its first game at Turner Field.