The Atlanta Braves got into the hotel business Tuesday, announcing a 50-50 partnership with Omni Hotels & Resorts on a luxury hotel to be built overlooking the team’s new stadium in Cobb County.
The full-service hotel — the latest addition to the mixed-use complex the Braves plan to build around SunTrust Park — will have about 260 rooms on 16 floors and about 12,500 square feet of meeting space, Omni officials said. It also will feature a two-story restaurant, rooftop hospitality suites and an elevated pool deck with views into the ballpark, the officials said.
Neither the Braves nor Omni would disclose the cost to build the hotel, which Omni will manage.
“We’re putting hard dollars into this project (as) 50-50 owners with the Braves,” said Bob Rowling, chairman and chief executive of TRT Holdings, the parent company of Omni Hotels & Resorts. “We’re excited about putting our money down and making some money here.”
Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts, said the company expects construction on the outside of the hotel to be largely completed by the time the stadium opens for the Braves season in April 2017. He said interior work would continue beyond that and the hotel would be ready for guests in fall 2017.
Deitemeyer sees the market for the SunTrust Park hotel — The Omni Atlanta Northwest Hotel — as a combination of “mid-week corporate” and “weekend leisure” guests.
Omni Hotels has a similar partnership with the Dallas Cowboys to develop a new hotel in a mixed-use complex at the future site of the Cowboys’ training headquarters in Frisco, Texas.
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