Braves To Build New Ballpark off I-85

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) _ The trip from Triple-A to the majors will
soon be less than 40 miles for prospects of the Atlanta Braves.
Gwinnett County approved a plan Tuesday to build a new stadium in
the booming Atlanta suburbs, which will allow the Braves to move
their International League team from Richmond, Virginia, for the
2009 season.
The Gwinnett Braves will play just up I-85 from the big league
club. If the area's notorious traffic isn't too bad, it will be
about a 45-minute drive from downtown Atlanta's Turner Field to the
county's new stadium, which will be located near the Mall of
Georgia.
Richmond has been the home of Atlanta's Triple-A team since the
franchise moved from Milwaukee in 1966. But the Braves failed in
negotiations to get a new stadium to replace The Diamond, a
22-year-old facility.
The R-Braves will spend one final season in Virginia before
moving to Gwinnett.
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