Mike Plant, one of the Atlanta Braves executive, claims traffic “is the No.1 reason why our fans don’t come to more games” (Brown, 2013). This claim goes unchecked with the proposed location of the new stadium. Also the executives are saying that a 250 million dollar renovation to the structure of Turner Field is required to keep the stadium open. With “Turner Field being owned by the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority” (Tucker, 2013), there is no reason for the Braves to foot the bill especially since their 20 year lease is over in 2016. These excuses play into the reasons that stadiums life expectancy is getting shorter and shorter.
With the average age of all Major League Baseball (MLB) stadiums only at 24 years the national pastime landmarks are becoming extinct. This number includes two stadiums that are more than a century old, 100 years old (Wrigley Field), and 102 years old (Fenway Park). With these two landmarks removed, the average age of MLB stadiums dip to only 18 years. From 1953 to 1973 twenty-five new stadiums came into existence, twenty one of these were for a newly created team or a relocated team. Since 1994, twenty new basebal...
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