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Name of new Braves stadium unveiled

Nathan Deal Nathan Deal

The Atlanta Braves new stadium has officially been named.

The stadium, set to open in Cobb County in 2017, will be called Suntrust Park. The announcement came during a ground breaking ceremony Tuesday morning. Suntrust Park will include 41,500 seats with a three-deck design and an extensive canopy to shield more fans from sun and rain. The new stadium will cost an estimated $672 million dollars to build.

Governor Nathan Deal believes it will be a huge economic engine for the state. "It's gonna have a lot of additional amenities other than just the ball park," Governor Deal pointed out. "It's gonna have shops, it's gonna have some limited housing, mixed-use development surrounding the park itself."

The Braves' current stadium, Turner Field, was built in 1996 as part of the Summer Olympics and was turned into a baseball park for the Braves in 1997.

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