Sports biz week: Emptying the Dome; Braves stock surge; UGA project

Construction continues on Mercedes-Benz Stadium, next door to the Georgia Dome. (Curtis Compton/
Construction continues on Mercedes-Benz Stadium, next door to the Georgia Dome. (Curtis Compton/

Credit: Curtis Compton

Credit: Curtis Compton

Five things we learned in Atlanta sports business this week:

1. A St. Louis-based company has been hired to liquidate the contents of the soon-to-be-demolished Georgia Dome: seats ($599 per pair), lockers, signs, pieces of artificial turf, furniture from the suites, kitchen equipment, you name it. Schneider Industries has a history of selling contents of abandoned stadiums. The company once auctioned off a urinal from the St. Louis Cardinals' clubhouse to a fan for about $2,500. Full story here.

2. Stock in the Braves surged 11.6 percentafter a report the Miami Marlins had a "handshake agreement" to be sold for $1.6 billion. By week's end, the potential Marlins buyer — the Kushner family — had ended talks, but the Braves stock had held most of its gains, still up 9 percent since the initial Marlins sale report. Full story here.

3. Sports facilities continue to be a boonfor the construction industry in this state.The University of Georgia Athletic Association board of directors approved a $63 million project at Sanford Stadium to add a new locker room, a new space to entertain recruits, a new plaza for fans and a larger video board.Full story here.

4. A new 50-yards-long digital marquee on the front of the College Football Hall of Fame was activated Thursday. On one end, the display features a countdown clock that will keep track of the days, hours, minutes and seconds until Atlanta hosts college football's national championship game next season. Full story here.

5. The Braves unveiled their lineup of promotions and gate giveaways for their first season in SunTrust Park. The giveaways include commemorative tickets on opening night, Hank Aaron replica statues on Aug. 18 and five bobbleheads, among other things. Full story here.

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