Atlanta Braves breaks ground on new baseball stadium in US

16 September 2014 (Last Updated September 16th, 2014 18:30)

Major League Baseball team The Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Georgia has broken ground on its new downtown baseball stadium SunTrust Park.

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Major League Baseball team The Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Georgia has broken ground on its new downtown baseball stadium SunTrust Park.

Braves CEO and chairman Terry McGuirk said: "A groundbreaking is a beginning.

"In two years, we'll transform this bare patch of dirt from what it is today into a magnificent ballpark and a majestic ballpark village."

The area around the 41,500-seat ballpark stadium will serve as a mixed-use village housing restaurants, hotels, office space and residential spaces.

Club president John Schuerholz said: "The feel of this new ballpark will foster a one-of-a-kind experience unrivalled in all of baseball."

"No club in Major League Baseball has ever undertaken to building a facility and a stadium that is as fully integrated with a mixed-use project as this one."

Major League Baseball commissioner-elect Rob Manfred said: "The state-of-the-art facility that will be built here will be essential to the Braves continuing their great winning tradition, and this project is an example of the kind of vision the Braves have always shown.

"No club in Major League Baseball has ever undertaken to building a facility and a stadium that is as fully integrated with a mixed-use project as this one. It will provide a unique experience for the fans of the Braves."

Atlanta Braves has declared Atlanta-based banking chain SunTrust Bank as the naming rights partner for the stadium.

SunTrust chairman and CEO William Rogers said: "We are extremely proud to be affiliated with a world-class franchise with tremendous business potential and incredibly loyal fans."

The new stadium is scheduled to open in 2017.


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