Just a few months ago, it was reported that the Georgia State Panthers were looking to buy Turner Field from the Atlanta Braves to open a new home football stadium going into the future. Now, that could be happening very soon.
It was reported by 11Alive in Atlanta that the school was given the final OK by a recreation board to buy the stadium once the Braves move out and into SunTrust Stadium next season.
The final agreement is expected to be reached in the next few weeks.
The Panthers aren’t looking to just make Turner Field a football stadium, however. There is talk that it would be transformed into classroom space, administrative offices and possibly even housing for students.
This would, of course, only come after the Braves have fully moved out, which is scheduled to happen after the 2016 season has wrapped up. It would be a huge deal for the school as they are trying to make it feel like a community at the stadium.
“It includes opening up the property so theres more of a plaza feel, making it truly a community asset, with housing, restaurants and retail etc.” said Keisha Lance Bottoms, executive director of the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority.
This could be a huge deal for the Georgia State Panthers. Since the inception of the football team, they have played home games at the Georgia Dome, but that is set to be torn down in the next few years once Mercedes Benz Stadium opens up next door.