Stadium Opened: 1997
Dimensions: LF- 335 ft. CF- 400 ft. RF- 330 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass
Former Names of Ballpark: Built as Centennial Olympic Stadium in 1996
Getting to the Park and Parking: The ballpark is located in a somewhat residential area of the city, but there is a Country Inn and Suites right across from the stadium. We stayed there so that we could walk to the game. Parking in stadium surface lots ranges from $8-$15. Fans can also take the MARTA to the game.
Before going in: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium was located across the street and was demolished in 1997. The outline of the field is painted on the parking lot and a section of the outfield wall remains. This link shows a good aerial shot of the outline of the field.
History at the Front Gate: The ballpark itself is located at 755 Hank Aaron Drive, in honor of Aaron's homerun total. There are a variety of statues and retired numbers in the plaza in front of the ballpark (an area known as Monument Grove). The statues were moved from Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
Hank Aaron Statue
Retrofitted: The park was originally built as Centennial Olympic Stadium, an 85,000 seat stadium to be used in the 1996 Summer Olympics. Turner Field was retrofitted into a baseball-only facility after the 1996 Summer Olympics. This is really the only interesting thing about the whole place. otherwise, it's rather unmemorable. Grand Entry Plaza/Monument Grove was built after 35,000 seats were removed in Olympic Stadium. You can get an idea of how far the stadium used to extend by looking at where the outside gates are. See photo below:
Closed Stands: One thing I can't stand is when concession stands are closed. It just gives off such a bad vibe. It's extremely frustrating when stands are closed that offer $5 combos which is a good price. Makes me wonder if it hasn't been opened for years.
Seating: The ballpark is comprised of three levels. The upper level does not go all the way around the ballpark, so fans can see downtown Atlanta. If you look out beyond the outfield wall, you can asee the historical marker for the outfield Wall of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium and the Olympic torch.
The bullpens are perpendicular to the field like they are at Progressive Field. You can see in the photo above.
Themed Concession Stands: Most concession stands had a name that followed the Native American theme. 2015 prices can be seen on some concession items in the third photo below. Along with these concession stands, there was also a Chik-Fil-A concession stand. Some other speciality concession stands are: Smokehouse BBQ, La Taqueria, and Neighborhood Pizza.
History of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium: A tribute to Atlants-Fulton County Stadium is located in the concourse. It features photographs throughout the ballpark's history.
Braves Museum and Hall of Fame: Admission to the museum is $2. The museum contains over 700 Braves artifacts and photographs. There are 28 members of the Braves Hall of Fame. The museum is open until the 7th inning during games. It is located near aisle 134.
Scouts Alley: Located in the field level concourse in left field are a variety of games requiring tokens for kids to play.
HD Video Board: The HD Video board is approximately 71 by 78 feet in size. At the time it was installed, it was the largest in MLB, but since then has been surpassed by many parks.
The Coke Bottle and the Cow: On top of the Coca-Cola SkyField in left field is a large Coke bottle and the Chik-Fil-A cow. The bottle was replaced with a new bottle in 2009 and the original bottle is now at World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta.
Review is based on my visit on 6/30/15.
Overall Rating: 7
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