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Why build when you can buy? Georgia State buys a new football stadium

The AJC reported on Monday that Turner Field — the current home of the Atlanta Braves — will be sold to Georgia State and a developer, and that the stadium will be converted for football use.

The Braves will be moving out of the stadium after the 2016 MLB season in order to move to a new stadium up I-75 in Cobb County. Because of this, Turner Field would have been left without an occupant, which would have left upkeep costs onto the tax payers. Instead, the Georgia State football team will be moving across town from the Georgia Dome.

The developer, which is an Atlanta-based real estate firm, will also be looking into development projects around the stadium for student use and retail. The AJC says the total project — including the stadium conversion — will likely cost about $300 million.

Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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