Turner Field’s Future

ATLANTA (AP) – The Latest on plans to redevelop Atlanta’s Turner Field for use by Georgia State University (all times local):

Atlanta’s mayor says the multi-million-dollar deal to redevelop Turner Field into a football stadium for Georgia State University represents “a new beginning” for several neighborhoods on the city’s south side.

The Atlanta Braves plan to leave Turner Field after this season for a new stadium being constructed about 15 miles away, closer to the Atlanta suburbs than the city center.

Mayor Kasim Reed said at a news conference Thursday that there’s now a signed purchase and sale agreement between Georgia State and the real estate firms Carter U.S.A. and Oakwood Development Group.

Details of the financing weren’t immediately available.

Georgia State president Mark Becker said the stadium will get its “third life” as a college football venue. It was built for 1996 Olympic Games, was home to the Atlanta Braves and will now become the home of the Georgia State Panthers.