Benjamin Flowers Weighs In On Atlanta's New Stadiums

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If you live in Atlanta, chances are you have an opinion about the new Braves stadium in Cobb County and the new Falcons stadium in Vine City. From concerns about access to historically impoverished parts of the city to lamentations of changing game-day traditions, Atlantans are still processing the latest moves of their home teams.

School of Architecture Associate Professor Benjamin Flowers spoke with WABE about this top-of-mind topic.

The combined cost to build the new stadiums is nearly $2 billion, which Flowers said will probably result in buildings that only last a few decades. According to Flowers, both stadiums buck the trend for their respective sports.

Flowers said most NFL stadiums are located outside city centers, in order to accomodate parking needs and tailgating culture -- the Falcons have chosen to stay in an urban location. Conversely, most MLB teams have stadiums in city centers to capitalize on an urban audience, but the Atlanta Braves' move to Cobb County reflects a fanbase that's "not primarily young people, not primarily urban," Flowers said.

Read the full story and listen to Flowers' interview at WABE.

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  • Created On: Jul 9, 2015 - 8:17am
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