Posted December 11, 2013

The Braves’ Controversial Move to Cobb County Could Get More Controversial

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There are plenty of existing reasons people oppose the Braves impending move from Atlanta to suburban Cobb County. Namely: the public costs are exorbitant for a county that already cut teaching jobs this year, there will almost certainly be parking issues, and John Rocker likes it. A new basis for distaste could be on the horizon, though.

As Atlanta Magazine reports, Cobb County commission chair Tim Lee also owns a marketing firm whose only client is TenCate Grass, a Netherlands-based turf manufacturer that provides artificial grass for 13 NFL teams and, well, others:

TenCate (pronounced tin-ka-ta) serves baseball clients as well, including the Braves, whose minor-league complex in Gwinnett County used the company’s materials in the retaining walls. (Lee said he was unaware of that fact). HKS, the Texas architectural firm that designed the Gwinnett project, also used TenCate in at least three NFL stadiums–Dallas, Indianapolis and New England. Since Braves executives say HKS is a finalist to design the Cobb project, Lee’s ties to one of the team’s preferred suppliers would seem relevant to the public debate over the Braves’ new Field of Dreams.

It is thus far unclear whether TenCate’s products will be used in the new Braves stadium, but it’s a story worth keeping an eye on.

[Atlanta Magazine]

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