Richmond Braves moving to Gwinnett?

The Braves AAA affiliate could be moving to Gwinnett County:

The Braves will move their Class AAA minor-league team to Gwinnett County, according to two people familiar with the situation.

The Class AAA Richmond Braves, the organization’s highest-level minor-league affiliate, could play in Gwinnett as soon as 2009. The Braves’ three-year contract at the Richmond, Va. stadium, known as The Diamond, expires following the 2010 season. However, there is an option to pull out after each season. The Braves must give notice on or before Oct. 1 each year. The Braves have wanted much-need renovations at the stadium for years.
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The people familiar with plans said the Braves would move the team to Gwinnett, in the suburbs north of Atlanta, but was uncertain where it would play.

This would be very cool. Minor league games are fun to watch.

10 comments

  1. Still Looking says:

    Won’t that eat into ticket sales at Turner Field? I’ve never heard of a MLB team to have a minor league team in the same metropolitan area.

    And then there is the traffic. The Gwinnett Arena is famous for its traffic jams.

  2. drjay says:

    what is the price difference–this does seem odd–i doubt the aaa would hurt the big team–but i would think the big club would eat into potential aaa patrons–no??

  3. Dave says:

    I’m not sure how AAA ticket prices are but the last time I checked the top ticket price in Rome was around 10 bucks. They are the best family entertainment value in NW Georgia.

  4. rugby_fan says:

    “I’ve never heard of a MLB team to have a minor league team in the same metropolitan area.”

    Erm, the Staten Island Yankees and Brooklyn Cyclones come to mind.

  5. debbie0040 says:

    Gwinnett building $45M stadium in Buford for Braves

    By MICHAEL PEARSON
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Published on: 01/15/08

    The Gwinnett County Commission has approved a letter of intent and lease agreement with the Braves to relocate the team’s Class AAA minor-league affiliate from Richmond to a 12-acre site in Gwinnett County beginning with the 2009 season.

    The commission also approved plans to purchase that property from a private land owner for $5 million. The land is located on Buford Drive southeast of I-85 in Buford.

    Other details of the term sheet, which will be discussed at a 3:30 p.m. news conference announcing the minor league team’s relocation to Gwinnett:

    • The agreement lasts 30 years and commences with the 2009 season.

    • The Gwinnett County is “solely responsible” for the design and construction of the stadium. Anticipated cost: $45 million.

    • Stadium construction must begin by April 1, 2008 and be finished by March 1, 2009.

    • The Braves will pay the county $250,000 a year to rent the stadium.

  6. bowersville says:

    Let’s see…the deal is worth $250k a year for 30 years at an initial cash outlay of $45 million in taxpayer dollars for construction costs.

    With such a return on investment, who can blame the Gwinnett County commission?

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