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--Dan Quisenberry, Kansas City Royals pitcher - on his first trip to the Metrodome
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.
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
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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.
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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
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