Atlanta's beautiful Turner Field was built for the 1996 Olympic Games, and following the conclusion of the
games the oval track configuration was demolished and retrofitted for baseball. And what a magnificent job
they did in making this one the truly outstanding facilities in all of baseball.
Getting to the stadium is easy - even though the stadium is a mile outside of downtown, quick access from
the MARTA subway line to a special Braves shuttle has you there in minutes. Whe you arrive at the stadium,
check out the outfield wall of the old Fulton County Stadium, still preserved and a marker showing the spot
where Aaron hit his historic record breaking 714th home run. Cross the street and walk towards Turner
Field, and there is Monument Park just outside the ticket windows, The retired numbers of Braves' greats
Warren Spahn, Eddie Mathews, Phil Niekro, Hank Aaron and Dale Murphy are displayed along with their
statues. Walk a few steps further and you can enter the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame and Museum, built right
into Turner Field. This museum chronicles the franchise's history not only in Atlanta but also in Boston and
Milwaukee with some great memorabilia..
Their Hall of Fame is just one of the attractions that makes this ballpark a true destination attraction. In the
main entrance at centerfield is a huge clubhouse store, along with a video board showing EVERY Major
League Baseball game in progress. Also in this area is a huge picnic pavilion with many different
concession stands and a huge food array. One unique concession stand is called "Taste of the Major
Leagues", and features a specific menu entree based on the visiting team. This homestand the opponent
was Milwaukee, therefore the specialty item was a Wisconsin bratwurst with cheese.
Scouts Alley is an educational/interactive area located in the left field area. Using touch screen kiosks,
displays, and skill games, fans can learn the fine art of scouting players. Fans can also try their pitching
skills, batting skills, or their trivia skills playing against the computer. For the youngsters, there is Tooner
Field, sponsored by the Cartoon Network, with special food offerings, video games, playground equipment,
and dressed cartoon mascots to entertain the youngsters.
The stadium itself is a panoramic wonder, with lower, club, suite and upper level seating along with several
other unique viewing perspectives. High above left field is the Coca-Cola Pavilion, which features a large
standing area and a coke bottle which lights up after a home run. In the right field is a two level pub called
the Braves Chop House, with indoor and outdoor seating and great views of the field. The club level
concourse is indoor, air-conditioned, fully carpeted, and has spacious lounge areas, full bar service and in
seat menu service.
One of our highlights of this visit was seeing former Buffalo Bison (and now Brewer) Jeromy Burnitz launch
the longest home run in Turner Field history. Way to go, Jeromy! Overall, we could call this amazing stadium
more than a ballpark --- it is a baseball theme park, full of color, electricity and vitality and just a super place
to enjoy a day of baseball.
Food and team store 8
Scoreboard and electronics 8
Fan support 1
Location and neighborhood 6
Banners and history 7
In game entertainment 3
Concourses/fan comfort 7
Bonus: Fulton County stadium markers next door 2; Sports museum 2; Statues 1; Former Olympic venue 2
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