Today marks the 80th birthday of one of the Atlanta Braves most famous baseball players, Hank Aaron. From 1954 to 1976, he played as an outfielder for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves as well as the Milwaukee Brewers.
Aaron still holds many baseball records, including runs batted in, extra base hits and total bases. However, he is probably best remembered for breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record back in on April 8th, 1974.
Former Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner, whom the current Turner Field is named after, says he hopes the Braves, “will be happy in their new location and continue their winning ways.” Also in his statement, Turner has not been involved with the team’s decision making since 2001.
Fans flocked to the Georgia Dome Sunday for the Atlanta Falcons’ first home game, and with that came the big roll out of the NFL’s new rules on bags.
The policy officially began during preseason, but Sunday was the first time the majority of fans encountered the new rules requiring all bags larger than a hand purse be clear and 12-by-12-by-6 inches or smaller.
Season ticket holder Gina DeFazio said she received an email about the new rules and a free bag in the mail, courtesy of being a season ticket holder.
By a vote of 11-to-4, the Atlanta City Council Monday night approved a deal to finance a new stadium to be owned by the State of Georgia but run by the Atlanta Falcons.
Under the deal, the Atlanta Falcons will be responsible for about $800 million of the stadium's construction costs. A hotel/motel tax collected in the city of Atlanta and unincorporated Fulton County will cover about $200 million of the construction costs.
A new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons could mean job training for residents of the city’s Vine City and English Avenue neighborhoods.
The Arthur M. Blank Foundation, named after the Falcons’ owner, is talking with neighborhood leaders, Mayor Kasim Reed and the city’s economic development arm.
“What we’ve heard as we’ve listened is that the community is more interested in us helping with the development of human capitol than with the development of buildings,” said Foundation President Penny McPhee.