One more concern is that the team will start all games later than 7:10 p.m. on weeknights and Saturdays. They already start Friday games at 7:40 p.m., but with the length of games now, the Braves can ill afford to have folks leaving the stadium after 11 p.m. So what if you miss the first inning or two. At least if the game starts at 7 p.m. you have a shot at staying untill the end. If baseball cares about engaging younger fans and building for the future, it can’t start games any later and would be well-served to work harder at controlling their length .
Is the possibility of keeping the team downtown dead? The city leaders will meet Wednesday, but this deal looks like it is in the bag. While Stan Kasten used a power play and threatened to move the Hawks up 400 to force the city’s hand on Phillips Arena, the Braves move has the appearance of the real thing. Twice Schuerholz has made behind-the-scenes deals regarding the Braves and both have stuck. The first was the Braves move from West Palm to Orlando for Spring Training. The second involved the move of the Braves Triple A franchise to Gwinnett. So, it looks like Mr. Schuerholz has done it again, and in doing so has one-upped Arthur Blank. The Braves new stadium will open in April of 2017. The Falcons new nest opens in August or September of that same year.