COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the Atlanta Braves proposal and timeline to relocate Atlanta's MLB franchise to Cobb County.
Commissioners started the meeting at 7 p.m. and listened to public input for one hour, allowing people three minutes to speak. After constituents voiced their concerns, the commissioners made brief statements about why they did or didn't support the Braves move to the southern portion of the county.
Council Member Lisa Cupid voted against the move because she felt her constituents still had many unresolved issues with the plans. The other four council members gave the plan their vote with confidence.
Shortly after the Braves proposal was approved, Fulton County Commission Chairman along with Atlanta City Council Members, Atlanta Central Progress, and the Atlanta Fulton County Recreational Authority released a joint statement, saying they would like to "make a case" to the Atlanta Braves in hopes of keeping the franchise in the city.
The statement read:
Ever since our county received the disappointing news that the Atlanta Braves plan to move out of Fulton County at the conclusion of the 2016 season, Fulton County Commissioners and Atlanta City Council members have expressed a desire to keep the team here in Atlanta. Tonight's vote by commissioners in Cobb County agreeing to move ahead with efforts to bring the team there are certainly a disappointment, but political and economic leaders in Fulton County still believe the Braves could and should have a viable future in Atlanta. We understand the team's concerns about economic development in the area surrounding Turner Field. We believe there are still solutions civic and business leaders could pursue in conjunction with the ball club to keep the team as a thriving part of our community. We hope to have a dialogue with the team to make that case. The Atlanta Braves are a proud symbol of a great city and we still hope to keep them in Atlanta.
Atlanta Braves President John Shuerholz remarked on the significance of the deal in the statement, also.
Shuerholz said "this is a significant day in the history of this franchise. We are grateful to the citizens of Cobb County and the leadership in the community who have worked tirelessly to bring this to fruition. I truly believe that this partnership will yield what will become one of the finest baseball and entertainment facilities in the country."