Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Address: 755 Hank Aaron Drive Atlanta, Georgia 30315
Parking: Parking is available in the parking lots north of Turner Field.
Year Opened: 1996
Rules: No alcoholic beverages, glass bottles, aluminum cans. Smoking is allowed in designated areas.
The Atlanta Braves franchise has followed a long and winding road that dates back to 1876 when they played as the Boston Red Stockings. After changing their name to the Beaneaters, Doves, Pilgrims, Braves, Bees and then back to the Braves in Boston, the Braves moved to Milwaukee in 1953. The team played in Wisconsin until 1966 when they became the first professional baseball team in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon the announcement of the team's move to the area, Fulton County Stadium was constructed and was the site of the Braves' World Series title in 1995. In the mid-'90s, the stadium was beginning to show its age, so the team moved into the ultra-modern Turner Field in 1997 to begin a new era of Braves baseball.
The story of Turner Field began after a unique opportunity fell into ownership's laps. With the advent of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, there was a need for a new multipurpose stadium. The Braves teamed with the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games to construct the new venue for the event. By turning the outer grandstand into the Olympic Stadium, the Braves were able to tear down the surrounding structure and complete a world-class ballpark in less than eight months.
Turner Field boasts a 49,831-seat seating capacity and is located only a mile from downtown Atlanta. The brick and mortar facade follows the trend set by Camden Yards of retro urban ballparks and offers a wide array of modern amenities. There are multiple full-service restaurants where fans can enjoy gourmet cuisine and a few game day cocktails, as well as a Braves Museum and Hall of Fame near left field. Scouts Alley is another popular attraction underneath the left field stands that offers interactive speed pitch and hitting games for fans of all ages.
Over the years, the Braves have been one of the most competitive teams in the National League and have dominated the National League East division. The Braves won their division 14 times in a row from 1991 to 2005, one of the greatest accomplishments in modern professional sports. Since their glory days in the mid-'90s, the Braves restocked their farm system and have begun to build a talented roster with young and exciting players. Fans should have plenty of great moments to look forward to at Turner Field for years to come.