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Cobb County approves builders of new Braves ballpark

ATLANTA -- The Braves moved a step closer to their future home on Tuesday night, when Cobb County Commissioners unanimously approved American Builders 2017 to be the construction manager for the new ballpark, which is scheduled to open in 2017.

The Commission's 5-0 vote also approved multiple agreements for a 30-year partnership between the Braves and the county. They include an assurance agreement, construction administration agreement, development agreement, non-relocation agreement and a stadium operating agreement. American Builders 2017 is a joint venture between Brasfield & Gorie, Mortenson Construction, Barton Malow Company and New South Construction. Between them, those construction companies have previously constructed Minneapolis' Target Field, Denver's Coors Field and Baltimore's Camden Yards.

"We are thrilled the Cobb County Commission has taken this large and final step that will allow this project to move forward," Braves executive vice president of business operations Mike Plant said. "Our team has worked side-by-side with the staff in Cobb County to ensure that we have the right partner in place to deliver the world-class venue that we all expect to see here on Opening Day 2017."

The new stadium will be surrounded by a mixed-use development that will include restaurants, retail outlets, residential properties, office space and a hotel that will be open year-round.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for
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