Braves VP on parking at new stadium: I hear bicycles are all the rage

Hey, Atlanta Braves and Cobb County, how’s that transportation plan that you’ve been punting on for a year and a half coming along?

The plan for where people can park near the stadium, spread out over 40 acres of property the Braves have purchased around the stadium, will be revealed in the last quarter of 2015 or the first quarter of 2016, he said.

Alrighty then. Do you have any ideas at all for how to get people to games in a spot next to a highway intersection without enough off-ramps in the middle of a not-all-that-developed suburb?

Mike Plant, Braves executive vice president of operations, said he encourages business owners and residents to “think outside of the box” and look into new transportation methods to the stadium. For instance, he said, he hopes local community improvement districts will consider extending their biking trails toward the stadium.

Anyone else have any other ideas?

Kim Perez, president of the Kennesaw Business Association, said at a meeting of the organization Tuesday she knows of many business owners in Cobb who are working on a smaller scale to transport employees or customers to the 81 games each year.

“Restaurants and other businesses are thinking about how they can get people to the stadium, and that’s a really neat thing,” Perez said.

Bicycles and crowdsourcing. This really is going to be a 21st-century stadium!


5 comments on “Braves VP on parking at new stadium: I hear bicycles are all the rage

  1. Welcome to Georgia! We make you pay to use your electric car! We are scared of what public transportation might bring to our space outside the perimeter! We encourage gridlock as a means for better advertising along roadsides! Ahh, living in the ATL.

  2. Tim Lee, Cobb County Commission Chairman (how’s that for alliteration?) lives 11 miles from the proposed stadium site. How about he incorporates in his weekend exercise schedule biking back and forth from his home to the site to show all the Cobb County taxpayers, that he is screwing, how easy it will be to go to and from games. Don’t worry about rain or heat or darkness. Bicycles will become the preponderance of vehicles, thereby putting operators of motor vehicles on fearful alert.

  3. Pretty sure the Braves real plan is to simply keep kicking the can down the road and then wait for the various levels of government to come up with a solution once one of the busiest interchanges in the southeast becomes intolerable. The trucking industry alone should be able to pressure eight or nine figures out of USDOT for interstate upgrades in that area since it is a vital part of the truck shipping network. The only real concern for the Braves is going to be if the owners of parking spaces in the area don’t end up renting the spaces to those going to the games. I expect we’ll see a long battle between baseball fans and towing companies when fans decide to test the malls and shopping centers ability to detect who is one of their customers and who is sneaking free parking to go to the stadium. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Cobb County change the rules about booting and towing to make them more difficult.

  4. Perhaps they could build their next stadium, in 20 years or so, in downtown Atlanta where there is more parking and transportation infrustructure.

    I still maintain they should keep the Turner Field for about 20 games a year. Call them urban/minority nights or something. Really they could be breaking new ground here, why ask the public for only one stadium?