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The story lines:
- The Atlanta Braves organization has signed a contract extension to the original deal that brought the then-Macon Braves to Rome and State Mutual Stadium beginning with the 2003 season.
- The extension covers the next two seasons plus a five years on top of that, followed by a potential for another five years.
- Expanded detail of the new contract, including a breakdown of upcoming projects at State Mutual Stadium and who pays what (see graphic below, right). Extended agreement
- Read some of the stadium financials here, including share of season ticket sales, naming rights and the Braves’ annual payment. The Braves’ annual contribution has risen over the years as the county’s revenue from season tickets has shrunk. Budget sheet
- The contract was the subject of a called meeting by the County Commission at noon Thursday. Commissioners promptly voted 4-0 to accept the contract (Allison Watters was not present).
Media release: In conjunction with Floyd County, the Rome Braves announced that the two parties have extended their lease agreement at State Mutual Stadium to continue funneling baseball talent through Northwest Georgia for the next seven years and potentially longer.
“The Atlanta Braves are excited to continue our relationship with Floyd County in making State Mutual Stadium the home of the Rome Braves for at least seven more years,” said Chip Moore, Atlanta Braves Executive Vice President, Minor League Affiliates & Strategic Planning.
With the current lease set to expire at the conclusion of the 2020 baseball season, the Braves and Floyd County agreed to terms on a new seven-year lease extension which will commence now and run through the 2025 season. At that point, the parties have a five-year option that, if picked up, would run through the 2030 season in Rome.
“Today we announced a new contract extending the partnership between Floyd County and the Atlanta Braves,” said Scotty Hancock, Chair of Floyd County Commission. “This extension is exciting for all of Rome-Floyd County and Northwest Georgia. The level of talent the Braves showcase in Rome is unsurpassed. We look forward to the impact this relationship continues to have in driving economic development for the region as well as bringing a high level of a quality of life to local citizens and travelers alike.”
Said Moore: “Since we began discussions on State Mutual Stadium in 2001, we have enjoyed a great working relationship with the Floyd County Board of Commissioners and current County Manager Jamie McCord along with previous county managers. The lease extension exemplifies this great partnership with Floyd County, and we are excited about what the future holds for the Rome Braves and surrounding area.”
State Mutual Stadium is undergoing some minor improvements and cosmetic facelifts to various areas, both interior and exterior, around the ballpark in preparation for the 2019 season. Immediately following completion of the 2019 season, fans will see much more activity around the ballpark as major renovations begin in preparation for Opening Day 2020. As voted on in Floyd County’s 2017 SPLOST package, the ballpark will undergo some major renovations thanks to voters’ SPLOST passage. With that vote, the Braves also agreed and will fund some additional renovations and additions themselves to further enhance the fan experience.
The Single-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves relocated from Macon to Rome in 2003. The upcoming fall renovations are the first major changes to the facility since it opened. During the past 16 years, the Rome Braves have captured two South Atlantic League Championships (2003 and 2016). Fans from all over Northwest Georgia make the trek to Rome to see some of the nation’s top baseball talent. Current major league stars including Freddie Freeman, Craig Kimbrel, Ronald Acuña Jr., Ozzie Albies and Brian McCann all saw action at State Mutual Stadium.
The 2019 season marks the Rome Braves 17th season at State Mutual Stadium. The home schedule begins on Thursday, April 11 against the Greenville Drive at 7:00 PM. Season tickets, mini ticket plans and individual game tickets are on sale now. For more information, contact the Rome Braves at 706-378-5100.
Try out to sing the National Anthem at a 2019 Rome Braves home game. Tryouts are Saturday from 1-7 p.m. but must be scheduled by Friday. Auditions will be scheduled in 10-minute intervals. If you’d like to sign up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-378-5107. No walk-ups on the day of tryouts.