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Turner Field

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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.

At a glance...
Facility statistics
Location 755 Hank Aaron Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30315
Broke ground July 10, 1993
Opened July 19, 1996 (Olympics)
First Braves Game April 4, 1997
Owner Atlanta Braves
Replaced Atlanta Fulton County Stadium
Surface Grass
Construction cost $235M
Architect Heery International; Rosser International;
Williams-Russell and Johnson;
Ellerbe Becket
Former names
Centennial Olympic Stadium
1996 Summer Olympics
Atlanta Braves (1997-present)
Seating capacity
85,000 (1996 Olympics)
49,831 (1997 Baseball)
50,091 (2003 Baseball)
Left Field - 335 ft (102 m)
Left-Center - 380 ft (116 m)
Center Field - 401 ft (122 m)
Right-Center - 390 ft (119 m)
Right Field - 330 ft (100.5 m)
Backstop - 53 ft (16 m)

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.

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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.

Turner Field!

Turner Field in 2001.

Photo by Rick Dikeman

04/04/1997 Cubs 4, Braves 5
Umpires Charlie Reliford, Dana DeMuth
  Bruce Dreckman, Gary Darling
Managers Bobby Cox, Braves
  Jim Riggleman, Cubs
Starting Pitchers Denny Neagle, Braves
  Kevin Foster, Cubs
Ceremonial Pitch Ted Turner, owner Atlanta Braves
Attendance 45,044
Batter Brian McRae (ground out)
Hit Chipper Jones (single)
Run Michael Tucker
RBI Michael Tucker
Single Chipper Jones
Double Javy Lopez
Triple Brian McRae
Home Run Michael Tucker
Grand Slam Javy Lopez (04/14/1997)
IPHR Tom Goodwin (04/05/2000)
Stolen Base Chipper Jones
Sacrifice Hit Mark Lemke
Sacrifice Fly Ryan Klesko (04/05/1997)
Cycle (None)
Win Brad Clontz
Loss Terry Adams
Shutout Greg Maddux, Mark Wohlers  (04/06/1997)
Save Mark Wohlers
Hit by Pitch Alan Embree hit Dave Hansen (04/05/1997)
Wild Pitch Mike Bielecki  (04/08/1997)
Balk Paul Byrd (05/17/1997)
No-hitter Randy Johnson (05/18/2004)
Perfect Game Randy Johnson (05/18/2004)
Primary research by Jim Herdman & David Vincent
Courtesy of Retrosheet

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.

Books related to Turner Field:
Turner Field: Rarest of Diamonds by Gary Caruso, Jimmy Carter and Chuck Perry.

Related Books on Ballparks
The Ballpark Book: A Journey Through the Fields of Baseball Magic by Ron Smith and Kevin Belford.
Ballpark: The Story of America's Baseball Fields by Lynn Curlee
Ballparks: A Panoramic History by Marc Sandalow and Jim Sutton.
Ballparks by Robert Von Goeben and Red Howard.
Ballparks: Then & Now by Eric Enders.
Baseball Vacations: Great Family Trips to Minor League and Classic Major League Ballbarks Across America by Bruce Adams and Margaret Engel.
Blue Skies, Green Fields: A Celebration of 50 Major League Baseball Stadiums by Ira Rosen.
Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark by Michael Gershman.
Fields of Dreams: A Guide to Visiting and Enjoying All 30 Major League Ballparks by Jay Ahuja
Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of All Major League and Negro League Ballparks by Philip J. Lowry.
Joe Mock's Ballpark Guide by Joe Mock.
Lost Ballparks: A Celebration of Baseball's Legendary Fields by Lawrence S. Ritter.
Roadside Baseball: A Guide to Baseball Shrines Across America by Chris Epting.
Take Me Out to the Ballpark: An Illustrated Tour of Baseball Parks Past and Present by Josh Leventhal and Jessica Macmurray.
The Ultimate Baseball Road-Trip: A Fan's Guide to Major League Stadiums by Joshua Pahigian and Kevin O'Connell.
Video: Story of America's Classic Ballparks
Video: Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns

Economics of Stadiums
City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks by Philip Bess.
Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit by Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause.
Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums by Kevin J. Delaney and Rick Eckstein.
Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums by Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist.

General Stadium Reference:
Sports Staff of USA Today. The Complete 4 Sport Stadium Guide. Fodor's, 1996.

Stadium Design and Financing References:
Philip Bess. City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks. Knothole Press, 1999.
Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause. Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit. Common Courage Press, 1998.
Mark S. Rosentraub. Major League Losers: The Real Cost of Sports and Who's Paying for It. HarperCollins, 1997.
Kevin J. Delaney, Rick Eckstein. Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums. Rutgers University Press, 2004.
Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist. Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums. Brookings Institution, 1997.
Dean V. Baim. The Sports Stadium as a Municipal Investment. Greenwood Publishing, 1994.
Stadia: A Design and Development Guide by Geraint John and Rod Sheard. Architectural Press, 2000.
Michelle Provoost, Matthjis Bouw and Camiel Van Winkel. The Stadium: Architecture of Mass Sport. NAI Publishers, 2000.

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