As executives with the Atlanta Braves scramble to finalize their deal to build a new stadium with financial help from Cobb County, could they be looking to the state for more money?
Both Braves executives and Cobb County leaders, are quick to point out the team is funding more than half the $672 million it will take to build the new stadium, and all the cost of a huge entertainment district to surround it at I-75 and I-285. But it now looks like the Braves also want money from the state to fund their move, up to $60-million on top of the $300-million they have already been promised by Cobb County.
The additional funding could come in the form of tax breaks that are often offered to companies building in or moving to Georgia. The additional requests are almost certain to anger opponents of public funding for the move who have already filed at least one lawsuit and are threatening to file more.
WSB’s Pete Combs contact Governor Nathan Deal’s office to ask about the possibility of state funding for the Braves’ move.
“That’s not something we could comment on,” said Deal’s chief of staff, Brian Robinson. “No requests have even been received.”