Turner Field: Atlanta, GA

Collin CooperCorrespondent IMay 5, 2009

When the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta concluded, work began to retrofit the Olympic stadium into a baseball-only park. The 1997 season was the inaugural season for the Braves in their new home, Turner Field. The official capacity of Turner Field is 49,743 which is relatively large for a baseball stadium.

The Fan Plaza is a great place to start your game day experience. Here you will find two food pavilions, plenty of entertainment, a 100-foot photographic of Hank Aarons, and the actual 715th home run ball.

This is a very special place honoring one of the greatest achievements in all of sports. Those who love interactive games will enjoy the pitching and batting games in Scouts Alley.

Adjoining the plaza is The Braves Hall of Fame in which you are sure to be able to relive Sid Bream beating out Barry Bonds throw to send the Braves to the World Series. The Museum covers the team‘s entire history including when the Braves played in Boston and Milwaukee.

Perhaps only second to the Yankee’s, the Braves value their history. Monument Grove (as you might guess, a park with monuments) is yet another place that honors Braves greats.

The Architecture of Turner Field is great; they really did a nice job. Turner Field just feels like classic baseball park—an amazing accomplishment for a place that once hosted Olympic Shot Put events. There are four concourses, so getting to your seat is easy, and so is grabbing a drink in between innings.

In 2005, the Braves went and shelled out a few bucks and upgraded their Jumbotron. The new addition was a HD 71′ X 79 wide screen that at the time held the Guinness Book of World record.

Like most good new ballparks, Turner Fields seats point towards the infield making for great sight-lines.

If you are so inclined there is a smattering of higher end seating options, The 755 Club and Sun Trust Club but the one that visiting fans might enjoy the most would be the Henry Aaron seats behind home plate. They run you $60 and include $10 in concessions.

And for those looking to save a buck or two, Every Thursday and Wednesday is two for one. Other ongoing promotions include Friday fireworks nights and Sunday kids can run the bases. The best deal is the SkyLine seats for a $1, but they obviously sell out fast. Upper Pavilion seats are notorious for roasting their fans in the hot Atlanta sun.

When selecting your seat at Turner Field remember you get what you pay for. Plan on sitting in the seats that you bought because snagging a better seat midway through the game is frowned upon. There are plenty of activities to keeps fans interested even during the most dreadful games. Be prepared to hear many renditions of the tomahawk chop.

The best place to eat at Turner Field is the Braves Chophouse. The restaurant overlooks the bullpen and terraced nicely to give fans the best possible views of the game. The concessions are fine and the prices are decent for a ballpark.

If hotdogs are your thing, then the Ted is your baseball mecca (grab the Bison Dog). The food can be tasty, however there are not a lot of healthy options. You will need water if it is hot, prices are stiff but what are you going to do?

The beer selection is disappointing and expensive. Evidently “Beers of the World” to Ted Turner consist of Corona and Heineken. *Bonus: This season you will be able to find some good deals on concessions, all you can eat seats, and even bring in your own food.

This is Atlanta and it would not be complete without a huge Coke bottle at SkyField and a place were families can enjoy the weather at one the several picnic tables.

There are 8,500 official parking spaces and most fans come to the game by car. Tailgating is permitted in the official parking lots and there is a grassy area reserved for grilling. Alternatively, there is a shuttle that will take you to and from Atlanta’s Metro. We are not really sure as to why the Metro doesn’t run near the stadium, but it doesn’t.

There is absolutely nothing going on around the ballpark. Think of a huge highway, a large parking lot, and a sleepy neighborhood. If you are looking for extracurricular activities, then you are going to have to venture elsewhere in the city.


Hotels: Atlanta Marriott Marquis 265 Peachtree Ctr Ave NEThe Ellis Hotel 176 Peachtree St NWThe Westin Peachtree 210 Peachtree St

Restaurants: Rosa’s Pizza 62 Broad St NWTed’s Montana Grill 133 Luckie St NWThe Varsity 61 North Ave NW

Bars: The Northside Tavern 1058 Howell Mill Rd NWGibney’s Pub 231 Peachtree Center NE

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