By Mike Conti
More than six months after the Braves announced plans to build a new ballpark in Cobb County, the team has finally released conceptual drawings of the proposed complex.
The team posted the sketches Wednesday morning on its website dedicated to the new stadium, homeofthebraves.com.
The seven sketches show various overhead and close-up views of the park and a mixed-use commercial development that will be built alongside of it. The team touts a “more intimate configuration” with 41,500 seats, and also promises a 90 foot roof that is three times the size of the roof in place at Turner Field.
Sketches of the ballpark’s interior show striking similarities to Target Field, the newly-constructed home of the Minnesota Twins. Braves team officials visited Minneapolis in the summer to scout the Twins park for ideas.
Several exterior sketches show an open air shopping mall that looks similar to the Atlantic Station development in Midtown Atlanta. On its website, the team indicates that the complex and its plaza could host street fairs and concerts when the ballpark is not in use.
A final overhead rendering also appears to indicate the construction of a new bridge spanning Interstate 285 connecting the new complex to the Cobb Galleria Center. It has been suggested that the Cobb Galleria could be used for parking, and the team has also promised 6,000 parking spots on ballpark property.