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ATLANTA (WGCL) — The Atlanta Braves Wednesday gave fans their first look at what the baseball team’s new stadium could look like. The team released half-a-dozen renderings of the project, including a mixed-use development surrounding the ballpark.

The Braves announced in November they would relocate from Turner Field in Atlanta to Cobb County by the start of the 2017 season. The project will cost more than $600 million and be located near I-75 and I-285.

In the renderings, the stadium features three main decks, including a sun canopy, three times larger than the current one at Turner Field. However, it offers 41,500 seats, several thousand fewer than fans currently have. Shopping, restaurants, offices and living space will surround the field, including a one-acre water feature.

“Wow, that’s cool,” said Dennis Smith, a Braves’ fan when he saw the drawings.

Others, like Patrick Wiggins, do not want the project. “I’m sure it’s going to be nice because they’re spending a lot of money on it, but I’m not really happy about what’s going to happen to traffic.”

Tim Leithead, who chairs the Cumberland Community Improvement District, said the project will have at least 14 access points. He also said it will help dilute traffic. “The Braves, with their mixed-use development, will spread out the peak flow of traffic from 4:30 p.m. to midnight instead of 7-to-10 o’clock, which is their current traffic pattern.”

The Cobb County Commission is expected to finalize the deal with the Braves at a May 27 meeting