Georgia State University is maintaining the momentum in the days approaching the Aug. 31 home opener in its new football stadium with the announcement the field is named for noted alumnus Parker H. “Pete” Petit. Petit Field will be the centerpiece in a stadium still open for naming rights.
The team redeveloping Turner Field announced Monday that it has proposed a long-term agreement to four groups designated to represent the surrounding neighborhood. The team also met, reportedly, with stauncher advocates who have called for greater community involvement from the development team – a demand that has gained some level of support from some Atlanta City Council members.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify that Georgia State University has been meeting with elected neighborhood representatives of the Turner Field area. //
Tension is rising, again, over the redevelopment of Turner Field. At least two members of the Atlanta City Council are calling on Georgia State University to meet with area residents. GSU affirmed Thursday that it has been meeting with elected neighborhood leadership and offered to meet with other groups – but the later rejected terms of the meeting.
While watching the final Atlanta Braves game at Turner Field, almost everyone present became emotional with their individual memories and reflections of this moment in time.
For A.D. Frazier, one of leaders behind the building of Turner Field, the moment was especially poignant. Frazier was the chief operating officer of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, and he was largely responsible for the negotiations to build the Centennial Olympic Stadium, which then was later converted to Turner Field.
When the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority announced a deal to sell the 67-acre Turner Field property, it chose to make the announcement next to the statue of Hank Aaron hitting his 715th home run.
Although the Atlanta Braves will be moving to Cobb County after this season, the Hank Aaron statue will remain in the city.
A group of residents in the Turner Field area is calling on Georgia State University to form a community relations office devoted to nourishing a relationship now that a deal is underway for GSU to partner in the redevelopment of Turner Field.
Georgia State University has received good news about its credit rating as the university comes closer to needing about $100 million to pay for its share of buying and redeveloping Turner Field and its environs.