As talks progress on a redevelopment plan for Turner Field and the surrounding area, a new football stadium for the Georgia State Panthers is in the mix.
Once MLB’s Atlanta Braves depart Turner Field after this season, Georgia State University wants to partner with Carter and Oakwood Development to convert the facility into a football stadium. As part of that plan, the group would also work to bring a mixed-use development to the surrounding properties to help improve accessibility to and from downtown Atlanta.
We also covered this story on our sister site Ballpark Digest, but the City of Atlanta partnered with several other agencies to consider redevelopment options. While some of the suggestions on the table–including a proposal for a ballpark for Georgia State’s baseball program on the former site of Fulton County Stadium–are preliminary in nature, early feedback from those involved in the development is positive. More from the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Carter President Scott Taylor said Monday his group plans to incorporate many of the features in the master plan for the 67 acres Georgia State and the developers intend to purchase.
“We’ve been very supportive of the LCI process from the beginning and believe that our ultimate site plan will incorporate numerous insights from the three plans that were approved from the LCI process,” Taylor said.
The LCI study, performed by Perkins+Will in conjunction with the city of Atlanta, the Atlanta Regional Commission and other groups, took into account the Georgia State-Carter plans for Turner Field. The LCI effort received input from more than 1,600 residents in study area.
Should the proposal go through, it would be something of a third act for Turner Field, which originally opened as a venue for the 1996 Olympics before being converted to a ballpark for the Braves. The third act may also bring about some interesting redevelopment opportunities for the surrounding area, putting Georgia State University in the center of the action.