It appears the Atlanta Braves are ready to play out its time at Turner Field, according to numerous reports among national media.
Just this week, the Braves announced they would be leaving Atlanta, and Fulton County, for Cobb County and a brand new, state of the art ballpark that will be ready for the 2017 campaign.
While reasoning for leaving includes the deterioration of the surrounding area as well as necessary upgrades needed to Turner Field, it seems as though the Braves are ready for greener pastures.
Built for the 1996 Olympic Games, Turner Field was made ready for the Braves at the outset of the 1997 season. $207 million of private funds were used to build the facility, which seated 85,000.
And while many may feel the park is one of the nicer ones in MLB, it appears the feeling is not mutual.
Many look at the reasoning of the ballpark - it was built for a three-week purpose without intent to last as long as it has. Many recall the aging facility the Braves played in before relocating to Turner Field - Fulton County Stadium, a park the Braves called home for 30 years.
The Braves seemingly handcuffed the city of Atlanta, asking for $150-250 million for renovations to the ballpark and its surrounding area.
But anyone who follows major American sports will already know the city is building a new home for its NFL team, the Atlanta Falcons.
As major of a city as Atlanta is, no one can expect the city to undergo two major projects at the same time, all while putting other projects on the back burner.
Taking a look at the numbers, it could definitely put a city in serious debt if things go awry. The new Falcons stadium will cost $1 billion and taxpayers are backing $250 million.
Add that to what the Braves are asking. $400 million, at least. I don't care where you live, that's a lot of money.
It doesn't take much to see why the city of Atlanta didn't jump at the decision - they already had their hands tied.
Say they approached a few years later, knowing the Falcons stadium was done and the city was already starting to prosper (depending on the success of the Falcons).
I don't see it as a bad investment, but that's just me. This is how I feel.
I look at Turner Field as Graceland. Living in Southern California, I didn't get to see my favorite team, at home, anytime I wanted. I saw them on the road, every year since graduating high school in 2001.
One legitimate reason the Braves are looking to relocate is traffic of the surrounding area. Atlanta is known for some of the most congested highways in America.
That's not to say the money hasn't been invested in the past, but it appears projects the city previously undertook weren't followed through on.
Regardless, the ball games at Turner Field will be no more, replaced with new memories in a new ballpark (name still to be determined), one would hope the Braves find a final settling place.
Since 1882, it's been Boston to Milwaukee to Atlanta. If all falls into line, this will be the Braves third stadium in 50 years of residence in the Greater Atlanta area. 30 at Fulton County. 20 at Turner Field. Fresh start at a new ballpark.
But is it finally home?
243 regular season games... and counting.