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Ted Turner wants namesake ballpark as green space
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Ted Turner wants namesake ballpark as green space

ATLANTA -- Ted Turner says he's shocked the Braves are moving out of the ballpark named after him in downtown Atlanta.

But he told The Associated Press in a recent interview that if Turner Field has to be demolished, he'd like to see the area become green space.

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The Atlanta Braves announced last month that they'll move into a new 42,000-seat, $672 million stadium complex in Cobb County in 2017.

Immediately afterward, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Turner Field would be torn down to make way for a large-scale development.

But city spokeswoman Melissa Mullinax says officials have yet to make final plans for the area.

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Turner Field was originally built for the 1996 Summer Olympics before being converted into a baseball park that opened in 1997. See photos of the Braves' plans for a new stadium in Cobb County.

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