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Turner Field to be demolished in 2017

FILE - In Nov. 14 2010 file phothen Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young fumbles ball during second half an NFL

FILE - In a Nov. 14, 2010, file photo then Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young fumbles the ball during the second half of an NFL football game in Miami. During a segment on a Tennessee radio show in 2012, callers claiming to be bartenders and servers at some of Young's favorite haunts testified to his largesse: routinely picking up the tab for teammates and just about everybody in the bar at a local T.G.I. Friday's restaurant — average cost $6,000 a night. (AP Photo/Rhona Wise, file)

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ATLANTA — Atlanta’s mayor says the city will demolish Turner Field after the Braves leave for a new stadium in the suburbs in 2017.

Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday during a press conference that the stadium will not be left vacant after the team starts playing at a new field in Cobb County.

Reed says the land will be used to create a development for middle-class people.

Reed also says that Atlanta had hoped to keep the team in the city but could not afford to do so. He says the city would have had to take on $150 million to $250 million in debt to make the improvements the Braves wanted at Turner Field. He said that doing so would not have allowed the city to accomplish other goals.

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