Home of the Atlanta Braves
Team: Atlanta Braves
Stadium Capacity: 50,096
This former Olympic Stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies in 1996 as well as all the track and field events before being converted to a baseball-only facility. The Olympic cauldron from those games is nearby, as is a portion of the left-field wall over which Hank Aaron launched home run number 715 in 1974. It stands in the parking lot next door, the site of the old Fulton County Stadium.
Turner Field was ground zero for the1996 Summer Olympics, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies and various events before being converted into a ballpark. So, when you get to the park, stroll a block north and check out the Olympic cauldron and the rings that span Capital Avenue at Fulton Street, next to the site of old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium … Walking back south toward Turner Field, the Green parking lot on the right displays the markings of the old park’s diamond, and nearby there’s a section of wall over which Hank Aaron’s record-breaking 715th homer flew on the night of April 8, 1974. It’s definitely worth a look. … From there, make your way across Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard and into Monument Grove. Check out the statues of Aaron, Phil Niekro, Warren Spahn and Ty Cobb, who grew up 90 minutes northeast of Atlanta in Royston, Ga. The Braves’ championships through the years in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta are also immortalized. … When you enter the ballpark gates, stroll through the Fan Plaza, a great place to hang out, grab a hot dog or a beer, and mingle with other fans. The stage features pre- and post-game entertainment, and close by is Tooner Field, a large play area that is a huge hit with younger fans. … Next, hang a right into Scouts Alley. The little ones will love the interactive games, while the baseball purist will delight in the large replica scouting reports adorning the walls. Wonder what the scouts said about Chipper Jones or Tom Glavine? Here you can find out. … Don’t miss the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame, located near the end of Scouts Alley. A fan favorite, the 1995 World Series championship trophy, stands at the entrance. … During breaks in the action, check out the team pictures from every Atlanta Braves team that circle the lower-level concourse as well as the many relics that made the move from the old park, including the banners from the team’s championships and retired uniform numbers. … After cheering the Braves to victory, slip out the southwest gate and head to The Bullpen bar for some post-game barbeque and a cold brew. There’s not much else in the area, so after you’ve waited out the traffic hop back on MARTA or in the car and head up to the Buckhead neighborhood with its many restaurants, bars and clubs.
The Bullpen, 735 Washington St. SW, (404) 577-5774
Braves Museum and Hall of Fame, 755 Hank Aaron Blvd., (404) 614-2311
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Tomahawk Tavern - Drinking at Turner Field
Beer is in no short supply at Turner Field. In the stands you’re generally limited to Bud, Bud Light, Miller Lite, and the like, but the convenience can’t be beat. The red kiosks in the concourses offer... Read more »