The Atlanta Braves have released six new pictures giving a first peek of its new Cobb County ballpark and mixed-use development design.
"This is a very early look at how our vision is shaping up and, even though we are still months away from final plans and drawings, we are very pleased with the progress," said John Schuerholz, president of the Atlanta Braves. "The renderings represent the sense of place we intend to create 365 days a year in addition to a world-class ballpark."
Tad Leithead of the Cumberland Community Improvement District said the renderings give life to the empty acres he's been looking at for years.
"They look spectacular," Leithead said.
Architects are shifting the new ballpark some 90 degrees from where it's angled at Turner Field. The new stadium will face south-southwest and be surrounded by retail shops, green space and what's being described as some sort of water feature, possibly including fountains.
Inside the stadium, three levels with a roof overhang that could stretch as far out as 90 feet to shade fans from sun and rain. The exact seating plan is still being worked on.
"The overall intent and the overall design prerequisite was to have a more intimate ballpark with more of the seats closer to the field, closer to the action," said Derek Schiller, the Executive Vice President of Braves Sales and Marketing.
One of the big stories associated with the stadium is not necessarily what it will look like, but how fans will get there.
During a press conference about the renderings, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Derek Schiller addressed what the Braves, Cobb County and Georgia Department of Transportation are working on to make travel plans easy for everyone.
"There are significant studies being that have been done," Schiller said. "Access to the new Braves ballpark will improve what we currently have at Turner Field."
The president of the Braves, John Schuerholz said, "This is a very early look at how our vision is shaping up and, even though we are still months away from final plans and drawings, we are very pleased with the progress."
The other major issue was also addressed during the press conference.
"There is going to be a lot of parking onsite," Schiller said. "Parking, we believe, will be better, more enjoyable and easy access than it currently is at Turner Field."
The area will have shopping, dining, living, office and entertainment space, as well as a boutique hotel.
The Braves also announced the launch of a waitlist for fans who are non-season ticket holders and who are interested in purchasing season tickets in the new ballpark. Current season ticket holders already receive top priority in securing season tickets for the new ballpark. To join the wait list, go to www.braves.com/newballpark to register with a $100 refundable deposit for access to purchase season tickets for the new ballpark. That deposit can be applied to the cost of the season tickets.
Both the ballpark and mixed-use development will open in April 2017.