Good news for any wet blankets on the Turner Field project's fire: Georgia State officials have said they won't be requesting public money for The Ted's redevelopment, and they have history to back them up. Officials have also said the university won't increase tuition to cover the cost, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Georgia State leaders are more than amused by questions regarding whether university has the capacity to take on such a large project. University president Mark Becker told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "I found it humorous that people questioned whether we had the resources to to do this." The school has already built student housing and sports fields, reshaping the face of the university. A complex of apartment buildings, which opened in 2007, cost $168 million — more than half the cost of the Turner Field project — and was funded with no public money.
Officials are still weighing the pros and cons of two different plans submitted for the site. One includes building a baseball field at the former site of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, building a new football stadium, and using Turner Field as the base of a mixed-use development.
The other plan, which Becker has said is more likely to move forward, would turn The Ted into a football stadium and build academic facilities, a mixed-use community and the baseball stadium.