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Braves to break ground on new stadium Sept. 16

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ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves are planning a groundbreaking ceremony later this month for their new stadium in Cobb County.

Work is underway at the suburban Atlanta site, with a formal ceremony scheduled for Sept. 16. The stadium is set to open in 2017.

Braves CEO Terry McGuirk says the new ballpark will be a world-class venue providing fans with "the ultimate fan experience, both inside the park and out."

The stadium will include 41,500 seats with a three-deck design and an extensive canopy to shield more fans from sun and rain.

The site will also feature a multimillion dollar, mixed-use project featuring retail, office and residential space.  The new stadium will cost an estimated $672 million to build, with Cobb County contributing $368 million to construction costs.

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