It has become fashionable to poke fun at the Braves’ Cobb stadium plan by pointing out they are building fewer dedicated spaces to parking than currently exist at Turner Field while claiming that there is not enough parking at the Ted. I understand this seems like a contradiction; however, Cobb and the Braves have not hidden the fact that they are building fewer spaces. They claim that this is because of an asset of the new location: more available parking surrounding the stadium.
From the AJC (11/16/2013)
The Braves will build only perhaps 6,000 parking spaces at the stadium — 2,000 under the stadium, likely preferred parking, and perhaps 4,000 in a parking deck. For the rest, “there are north of 50,000 parking spaces already right around there that are not used at night,” said Tad Leithead, chairman of the Cumberland Community Improvement District, which will help fund the plan.
“What the Braves are trying to do is create an environment where they don’t have to build much parking but can use parking that’s already nearby,” Leithead said.
People could drive from home to a parking space in, for example, the Cobb Galleria Center. Then they could walk or be ferried by “circulator” trams over I-285, across the pedestrian bridge to the complex.
Now, whether this will happen or not is another question, but the fact that the Braves are building fewer spaces is a feature, not a bug, to the Braves.