Things taking shape in and around stadium
February 22nd, 2009 FinanceBuzz Posted in Entertainment and Sports, Gwinnett Business, Gwinnett County Commission |
There is a lot of activity going on in and around the Gwinnett Braves' new stadium. The stadium itself is about 80% complete looking forward to the April 17 opener against the Norfolk Tides. Fans will be able to walk all the way around the stadium, let kids play at playgrounds, eat in picnic areas, enjoy the game from suites, grandstands or grassy berms, catch replays on a 30′ by 40′ video matrix board and eat a variety of food options. Grass is scheduled to be installed March 2 on a field that will mimic the dimensions of Turner Field.
Outside the stadium, several development projects are in the works. Earlier this month, the Gwinnett County Commission approved a "10-acre development on Buford Drive near Lawrenceville that is expected to include shops and restaurants." This week, the commission will consider a project that literally surrounds the stadium and "is expected to consist of 351,000 square feet of commercial space, 617,000 square feet of office space, 610 residential units and 300 hotel rooms."
My opposition to how this stadium came about and even the need for minor league baseball in a major league metro area is well documented here on the Buzz. That being said, I do think that the new stadium is shaping up to be an enjoyable place to spend a spring or summer evening, even if you are not a huge baseball fan. The stadium is also kick-starting some very attractive development to the area as well. While the economy is soft now, in the long run, I think these development projects will be great assets to the greater Mall of Georgia area.
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