When the Atlanta Braves make their move to suburban Cobb County in 2017, the thought was that their old home of Turner Field would be demolished.
But the Georgia State Panthers have other ideas, and are proposing that the baseball stadium be converted into a football field for use of their team, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report.
The Georgia State proposal also includes construction of a new baseball stadium on the site, as well as a “retail, residential and student housing” development according to the AJC.
Currently the Panthers’ home games are held at the Atlanta Falcons’ home stadium, the Georgia Dome, which seats over 74,000. The Panthers only drew an average of less than 16,000 fans per game last season, and are expected to pay $75,551.17 per home game to rent the Georgia Dome in 2014.
The proposed stadium would be of much smaller dimensions, but would still provide ample seating for a program which hopes to grow in coming years, with the baseball stadium being a new home for the Panther’s baseball team as well.
This could be a win-win for both Georgia State and the City of Atlanta, with the area around Turner Field being long in need of development, which was one of the flashpoints that caused the Braves to make the move in 2017.