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Turner Field
The Ted
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Turner Field

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Turner Field

Facility Statistics
Location755 Hank Aaron Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30315
Broke GroundJuly 10, 1993
OpenedJuly 19, 1996 (Olympics)
March 29, 1997 (Baseball)
SurfaceGrass
OwnerAtlanta Braves
Construction Cost$235 million USD
ArchitectsHeery International
Rosser International
Williams-Russell and Johnson
Ellerbe Becket
Former Name
Centennial Olympic Stadium1996
Tenants
Atlanta Braves1997-present
1996 Summer Olympics1996
Seating Capacity
199685,000
199749,831
200350,091
Dimensions
Left Field335 ft / 102 m
Left-Center380 ft / 116 m
Center Field401 ft / 122 m
Right-Center390 ft / 119 m
Right Field330 ft / 100.5 m
Backstop53 ft / 16 m

Turner Field is the major outdoor stadium of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The stadium was originally constructed as the 85,000-seat Centennial Olympic Stadium and used for the Centennial 1996 Summer Olympics. Immediately after the 1996 Summer Paralympics, which followed the Olympics, much of the north end of stadium was removed in order to convert it to its permanent use as a 45,000-seat baseball facility. The stadium has hosted the Braves since 1997, following a multimillion-dollar renovation to retrofit the stadium for baseball by removing the temporary stands that had made up nearly half the stadium and building the outfield stands and other attractions behind them.

Turner Field, also known as "The Ted", was named after the then owner, Ted Turner. The stadium was a $200 million "gift" from the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG), paid for by revenue from the Olympics. Some questioned the huge gift to the Braves, as well as the wisdom of demolishing nearly half of the stadium, making it useless for other world-class track and field and other large events.

The stadium was built across the street from the former home of the Braves, Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, which was demolished in the summer of 1997. From 2002 to 2004, the failed Fanplex entertainment center was located adjacent to the park's parking lot. The stadium contains 59 luxury suites and three party suites.

Because of the need to fit a track within the stadium in its earlier incarnation, the field of play, particularly foul territory, while not large by historical standards, is still rather larger than most new major league baseball stadiums.

Significant renovations to the stadium were put into place for the 2005 season. Among the improvements was installation of a $10 million video display, listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest high definition video board. A 1080 foot long LED was also added to the upper deck for displaying anything from advertisements to statistics.

 

Atlanta landmarks
Atlanta Botanical Garden | Atlanta Civic Center | Atlanta Cyclorama | Atlanta History Center | Atlanta Symphony Hall | Atlantic Station | Bobby Dodd Stadium | Centennial Olympic Park | Chattahoochee River | CNN Center | Fernbank Science Center | Fox Theatre | Georgia Aquarium | Georgia Dome | Georgia Governor's Mansion | Georgia State Capitol | Georgia World Congress Center | Grant Park | Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport | High Museum of Art | Jimmy Carter Library and Museum | Lenox Square | Margaret Mitchell House and Museum | Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site | Oakland Cemetery | Philips Arena | Phipps Plaza | Piedmont Park | Stone Mountain | The Varsity | Turner Field | Underground Atlanta | Woodruff Arts Center | World of Coca-Cola | Zoo Atlanta
Former: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium | Loew's Grand Theatre | Omni Coliseum | SciTrek | Rich's

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