JW: That's part of the reason the city of Atlanta would like to hear sooner from the Braves on whether they will extend their lease at Turner. If not, the city can begin serious talks with developers. Of course, there is no incentive for the Braves to tell the city of their intentions early...
DanB: No word on MLS ticket prices. In the works, I've been told.
D.H.: I think the Braves consider a 50,000-seat ballpark too large for any location. They very rarely fill it. I also suspect they hope to create more demand for tickets by not having so many empty seats.
The trend in MLB is ballparks with fewer seats. Even drawing 3 million people during the season is an average of 37,000 per game. And, yes, as Tim points out, a smaller stadium increases demand.
Jeff: I'll look up those links and post them shortly.
The Falcons facility is being funded by hotel-motel taxes. The Braves stadium will be funded by a combination of a county-wide property tax levy, a new property tax on businesses in the Cumberland area, a new hotel-motel nightly fee, a new rental car tax and existing hotel-motel tax.
McDMatt: Atlanta's hotel motel tax is the primary funding source for the Falcons stadium, yes. (Basically, 39.3 percent of the city's 7-cents-per-dollar hotel-motel tax will go to the stadium.) However, aside from that, some state money was committed to buy land and to expand a parking deck.
AFC: Around 30,000, generally. If demand exceeds that, such as for the opening game, the upper level could be left open. Otherwise, a mechanized screen will cover the upper deck for MLS games.
Darth Hater: I think it would be unfair to say Blank has "no regard" for the goodwill of Falcons fans. His businesses depends on it. Like many NFL owners building new stadiums, the method to repay the debt incurred by the team to pay its share of the facility is largely passed along to fans. Again, it's why Tim and I did the story on Sunday.
The goal is to maximize the amount of money collected from each fan, whether the individual's budget for a game is $200 or $20,000.
Warner May: The team thinks the oversized canopy will help with the sun.
Warner May: The Braves insist they have done extensive sun studies and are comfortable with the ballpark's orientation. However, you are correct that is an unusual (although not unprecedented) direction for an MLB ballpark to face.
TGP: The county is paying $750,000 for the design of the bridge. So, yes, the county is moving full-steam ahead. The county has said that the bridge will be funded by local tax dollars, including SPLOST, federal transit dollars and state DOT money. It's unclear how much the state and feds will kick in, or even how much the bridge -- which is now going to be a double-decker -- will cost. But one thing is certain, the county intends to have the bridge complete by the first pitch of 2017 ... and you will be paying for some of it.
Yes, the Braves intend to have concerts at the new stadium.
The Falcons/MLS organization has said there won't be PSLs for MLS games. Exactly how the club seats will be priced for MLS games, though, they haven't disclosed.
There will be bus service to the new Braves stadium; and a circulator bus that travels around the Cumberland area and can pick up fans from nearby parking lots, hotels, or businesses. But MARTA trains to not go there.
Kyle: No extension of MARTA. The county is talking about a bus rapid transit system, but that would have to be approved by voters in 2016, so it's iffy, at best.
Falcons Lose 2 Much: I'm not sure how to handicap whether or not the Falcons sell out the new facility. But I will say this, you don't see a lot of empty seats in Dallas, San Francisco, Jersey, Indianapolis and other new facilities.
AUBravesFan: I think the renderings released by the Braves so far have shown very little detail of what the ballpark will actually look like, particularly inside. They say new, more detailed renderings will be released in the coming weeks.
MDH127: The county and the Braves have hired outside traffic engineering consultants who are helping them with the various issues related to the new stadium site.
JHR: Not sure about plans for keeping retail store, etc., open on non-event days. Will check on that.
AUB: I think the Braves intend for the mixed-use facility outside the stadium to be a major attraction and something that is unique in MLB. In addition, the team has said a cantilever system will move seats closer to the field, and there will be more premium seats and gathering spaces throughout. But there have been few details beyond that.
ndf: That would be interesting, since the total cost was "only" $18 million.
Yes, $133 million
if you built it last year. That would be interesting.
Thanks, everybody, for the great chat. If you have additional questions, feel free to email me at email@example.com Hope we can do it again soon.
Hard to compare to 1960s stadiums, I know, but to me what's really interesting is that the new Braves and Falcons stadiums combined will cost five times as much as the teams' current homes cost to build in the 1990s. Not that long ago.
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