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Public Broadcasting Atlanta CEO Wonya Lucas (left), Bill Lucas's wife Rubye (center right) and Daughter Andrea Lucas (right) pose with Braves alumnus Dale Murphy in front of a picture of Bill Lucas.
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The Atlanta Braves have officially dedicated part of their new stadium in remembrance of a major figure in the team's history.

In a ceremony Thursday, Braves leadership and alumni honored Bill Lucas by naming their baseball operations conference room and a road in the new SunTrust Park, as well as a new apprenticeship, after him. Lucas worked for the team for more than 20 years, on the field as a minor league player and in the front office in various roles.

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The Cobb County government has established a committee to help the Atlanta Braves make sure SunTrust Park is ready to play ball this spring.

The new Braves Advisory Board will hold its first meeting Friday.

The main goal: make sure everything is in place when the facility opens for business within the next 14 weeks.

"Take for example, the stadium has to have a certificate of occupancy. There is a date that that has to happen by. Now there are other things that have to happen ... Fire Marshall inspection and things like that," said Cobb County Commissioner Bob Ott.

The sun sets over Turner Field during a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Seattle Mariners Tuesday, June 3, 2014 in Atlanta.
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The Atlanta Braves play their final games at Turner Field this weekend.

Many fans say they will miss "The Ted," which has been "the home of the Braves" since 1997.

"Just seeing all the fans and everyone, you know, eating popcorn and pretzels, and cheering on the Braves is always a lot of fun," said Atlanta native Elliott Nespajani.

Suntrust Park is expected to open in time for the 2017 baseball season.
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Season tickets to the Atlanta Braves go on sale to the general public next week.

The baseball team has been in Atlanta since 1966, but next year, it will play in a new stadium in Cobb County.

Atlanta Braves Vice Chairman John Schuerholz said SunTrust Park is a 20 percent downsize from Turner Field.

“You're going to feel closer to the action,” Schuerholz said. “You're going to feel closer to your friends. It's 10,000 seats smaller at 41,500. It’s a more intimate facility and it'll be more enjoyable."

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John Schuerholz is moving to another spot in the Atlanta Braves' lineup. He's been with the team since 1990, serving as president since 2007.

"Some people around here call me Obi-Wan Kenobi," he said at a press conference Thursday. "They come down the corner to the office where I sit and if they want to know what wisdom I have about a particular issue, they'll ask me."

But now the 75-year-old, who has worked in professional baseball for more than a half-century, will be the Braves vice chairman.