ATLANTA -- The city of Atlanta on Thursday released 650 pages of emails in response to a Georgia Open Records Act request from Atlanta Business Chronicle on the city's efforts to keep the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.
The package released includes a September memo from the Braves listing 16 requirements it wanted to stay at the Ted.
"These communications bear out what we have known all along: we were engaged in good faith negotiations with the Atlanta Braves as the lease on Turner Field neared expiration," the city said in a statement. "We genuinely believed we were fully engaged to keep the team at Turner Field, as evidenced by a September memo submitted by the Braves... We were in the process of vetting the concerns raised in that memo when the Braves abruptly, and without warning, announced their intentions to move the team to Cobb County."
The city noted that with an infrastructure backlog in excess of $900 million and Cobb County's willingness to fund 45 percent of a $672 million stadium, the city simply could not afford to make a deal to keep the Braves.
COVERAGE OF BRAVES MOVING:
* PHOTOS | Proposed new Braves stadium
* Cobb County Commissioners OK Braves stadium
* Federal funds may help Cobb Braves traffic
* Exclusive: Ted Turner doesn't want Braves to leave Atlanta
* Reed: 'My taxpayers aren't backstopping a $1.2M stadium'
* Ex-Brave John Rocker: Who wants to fight crime on way to ballpark?
* Exclusive Poll: Atlantans OK with Braves move to Cobb
* New drawings released of new Braves stadium
* Cobb County releases memorandum of understanding on Braves Stadium deal
* Pro/con campaigns on Braves move target voters
* Millions paid for land near stadium days before Braves bombshell
* Robb Pitts: Braves move may open opportunities for ATL
* Deal meets with Reed, Braves to discuss team's departure
* Cobb still mum on taxpayers' share for new Braves stadium
* Turner Field to be demolished after Braves leave
* Fulton chairman: Keep the Braves in Fulton County
* Turner Field neighbors fear "ghost town" if Braves leave, while Cobb County neighbors jumping for joy
* Tom Glavine says he's happy about the possible move
* Braves officials discuss new stadium during press conference
* Braves president Schuerholz announces new stadium
* How old is Turner Field?
* Historic moments at Turner Field
(Atlanta Business Chronicle)