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Welcome the Gwinnett Braves

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It is now official, per the press release:

At a news conference earlier today, it was announced that the Atlanta Braves AAA team will move from Richmond, Virginia to Gwinnett County, Georgia beginning in 2009.  The announcement was made after the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners unanimous vote.

"We have known that Gwinnett County was interested in building a baseball stadium for about a year coupled with the fact that we have had some challenges getting a new AAA ballpark built in Richmond, made this attractive to have them in our backyard," said Terry McGuirk, Atlanta Braves Chairman and CEO.

The ballpark will be located at 2500 Buford Drive in Lawrenceville, on the west side of Buford Drive, just north of the Buford Drive and Old Peachtree Road intersection.  The team will play the 2008 season in Richmond before relocating to the new state-of-the-art facility starting in April of 2009.

"I am extremely proud and excited for the actions that are being announced today," said Richard Tucker, Chairman of the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors.  "The Atlanta Braves organization has no equal in Major League Baseball, and the partnership with the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau will bring a new level of enthusiasm for the citizens of Gwinnett County and the great State of Georgia."

And waddayaknow they already have a website up at They are also already taking deposits on season tickets. This seems like a hostile take over. I mean, they already have a stadium drawing:

Well played sirs, well played.