Populous to Design Braves' Baseball Stadium in Atlanta

Kansas City-based architecture firm Populous has been selected as lead architect for the Atlanta Braves' baseball stadium in Cobb County.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves are currently in contract negotiations with the firm, which was selected over Dallas-based HKS for the job. The $672 million ballpark is scheduled to open in 2017 after the Braves' 20-year lease at Turner field expires.  

As a prolific designer of Major League Baseball stadiums, with a portfolio containing 19 of the 30 MLB stadiums in use, the firm is known for retro-style ballparks such as the Oriole Park at Baltimore's Camden Yards. The Braves stadium will be open-air and will seat approximately 41,000 to 42,000 people, almost 10,000 fewer seats than Turner Field. Covering 15 acres of the 60-acre site, the stadium will make up part of a mixed-use development and green space. Populous might be involved in designing this prospective complex of shops, restaurants, bars, residences, and offices, but that decision will be announced once a developer is lined up.  

Formerly known as HOK Sport, Populous will become the second Kansas City-based firm to design an Atlanta stadium, following 360 Architecture's design for the Falcons' retractable-roof stadium downtown. Most recently Populous led the design of the Target Field in Minneapolis, the Marlins Park in Miami, and stadiums in New York for the Yankees and the Mets. Populous also designed the current stadiums for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals, Colorado Rockies, and the San Francisco Giants, as well Fisht Olympic Stadium for the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia.