With the surprise announcement that the Atlanta Braves would move to the suburbs of Cobb Co. in 2017, came plenty of outrage from Rays fans in the Twitterverse:
Breaking news of the morning is braves are relocating to Cobb County with a new stadium in 2017. If only we can get the #Rays a new stadium.
— Kyle Kreutzer (@KyleK617) November 11, 2013
Wait, the Braves are getting a new stadium? Can the Rays or A's now use Turner Field?The Braves are moving to dense suburbs, where they're selling the majority of their tickets. Fans there will no doubt enjoy easier commutes....but likely higher ticket prices as well.
— Tim Schulze (@Tim_Schulze626) November 11, 2013
Nevertheless, its somewhat unprecedented for a team to want to replace its stadium so soon after opening (well, except for the Rays, of course).
With A's and Rays stadium trials, MLB PR takes hit when Braves leave 16-yr-old facility it considered "unrivaled" in tech and entertainment.It's also interesting the Braves will be moving away from the city's downtown core. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has repeatedly said the new MLB model features stadiums in livable, walkable districts.
— Brian Michael Cooper (@44Autumnwood) November 11, 2013
The Braves are also moving from one already-congested area to another one...and they'll get no help from transit. While the region's rail system, MARTA, is the poster-child for bad rail decisions, it was Cobb Co. that had a huge hand in dooming the system some 40-odd years ago:
Braves moving to Cobb Co, which decided in the 1960s to doom all hopes of successful transit in ATL: http://t.co/9Qrc5wP4cJ @SportsBizMiss
— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) November 11, 2013