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      Braves leaving Turner Field, will build new stadium to open in 2017

      The Atlanta Braves are leaving Turner Field.{}

      The teams{}announced{}Monday it will not seek another 20-year lease.{} Instead, it will{}move into a new 42,000-seat, $672 million stadium complex in Cobb County in 2017.{} The stadium will be part of a 60-acre development near Cobb Galleria mall.

      The infrastructure at Turner Field was originally built for the 1996 Summer Olympics before being converted to a baseball park that opened in 1997.{}

      Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said{}there was no way the{}Braves were going to stay in downtown without city taxpayers spending hundreds of millions of dollars.{}{} In a statement, he said{}that the city was unwilling to match an offer put together by nearby Cobb County given the needs facing Atlanta.

      Reed said he had already{}spoken with a number of unspecified groups about redeveloping the downtown stadium and surrounding area.

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