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July 10, 1992

ATLANTA (AP) _ A $10 million contract to design a stadium for the 1996 Olympics, later to be the home of baseball’s Atlanta Braves, was awarded Friday to a team of architects.

The Atlanta Stadium Design Team, a joint venture of four architectural firms, includes members with experience in designing Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the Georgia Dome, the new Comiskey Park in Chicago and Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

The 85,000-seat Olympic stadium, to be designed over the next year, is scheduled to be finished in 1995. After the Olympics, the $207 million facility will be pared to 45,000 seats, converted for baseball and taken over by the Braves for the 1997 season.

″We believe this task (conversion) has never had to be done before. It will be a unique undertaking,″ said A.D. Frazier, chief operating officer of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.

The announcement came two days after ACOG completed months of sometimes contentious negotiations with the Braves, local governments and neighborhood groups over the location, lease terms and control of the facility. The new stadium will be built across the street from Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the current Braves facility, which will be demolished after the ’96 Games.

″We were anxious to get those transactions consummated so we could move ahead with the selection of a design team to commence the very important design work which needs to start immediately,″ Frazier said.

Few details about plans for the stadium have been disclosed, though ACOG construction chief Bill Moss said Friday the new stadium will have a natural grass playing field.

The stadium will be used during the Olympics for the opening and closing ceremonies, track and field, soccer and some equestrian events.

The design team includes Heery International Inc., Rosser Fabrap International Inc. and Williams-Russell Johnson of Atlanta and Ellerbe Becket Inc., which is based in Minnesota but has a large sports facility practice in Kansas City.

Heery and Rosser Fabrap were involved in designing Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in 1963, which was instrumental in Atlanta luring the Braves from Milwaukee three years later.

Architect Scott W. Braley, project manager for the design team, was project director for the Georgia Dome, which will open later this year as the new home for the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL.

Richard L. deFlon of Ellerbe Becket, design principal for the Olympic facility, was principal in charge at HOK Sports Facilities Group when that firm designed Comiskey, home of the Chicago White Sox, and Camden Yards, which opened this season as home of the Baltimore Orioles.

″We believe we have selected the best qualified team in America,″ Frazier said.

Frazier said more than 75 percent of the design work to be performed by the team will be done by Georgia businesses. The team has pledged to commit 37 percent of the work to minority- and female-owned businesses, he added.

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