As I mentioned in two journals last November
, two of Atlanta's professional sports teams, the Falcons of the NFL and the Braves of MLB, will be getting new stadiums in 2017, with construction on both underway. While the Georgia Dome is all but guaranteed to be demolished, Turner Field may get a reprieve from the wrecking ball. Georgia State University, Atlanta's other
major public university, in late April/early May that it is seeking to acquire Turner Field and its surrounding parking areas
. Georgia State intends to renovate Turner Field into a 30,000 seat stadium for its fledgling football program (who happen to play in the Georgia Dome currently to sparse crowds), build a new 2,500 seat baseball park on the footprint of the former Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, and new student housing, academic buildings and retail spaces in the parking lots surrounding the current ballpark. While Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed states that he has a strong preference for Georgia State's proposal, at least three other redevelopment proposals are up for consideration, possibly all of which would involve complete demolition of Turner Field.