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Russ Chandler Stadium

Atlanta, GA

Home of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

4.6

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Russ Chandler Stadium (map it)
255 Fifth St NW
Atlanta, GA 30332


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Year Opened: 1930

Capacity: 4,157

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Nothing Beats a Classic

Russ Chandler Stadium is the home of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets baseball team, and it has been home since 1930. During that span, the stadium has gone through two major renovations. In 1985 a grandstand was added, and then in 2002, the stadium was completely rebuilt.

Russ Chandler has seen its share of great baseball, as the team has been to the College World Series four times. But because of the history of the stadium as well as the team, Russ Chandler is a great place to experience college baseball. From the quality of play to the between-inning contests they have for kids, the officials at Russ Chandler Stadium understand what it takes to get fans into the stadium and make sure they come back.

4.6

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

I will say the food at the concessions stands is on the expensive side for a college baseball stadium, but it's also well worth the money.

Russ Chandler Stadium has two main concession stands, and they serve hot dogs, sausages, nachos, popcorn, candy and sunflower seeds. The prices do range from $3-$5, which is reasonable. But the sodas and bottled water prices are from $4-$6.

It will cost you over $10 to have a full meal at the ballpark. But the food is great, and they also have a pizza stand, as well as a hot sandwich stand, if you want something different.

Atmosphere    5

Because the stadium is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, you can see the skyline of the city no matter where you sit. The best place to sit is behind home plate, because that is where the seatbacks are, instead of the normal bleachers.

One of the cool things about Russ Chandler is that when you walk to your seat, you get a close and personal view of home plate as well as both dugouts, which is not something ordinary for college baseball stadiums in Georgia.

The scoreboard is like one you would find at an MLB ballpark; the girls that do promotions for the baseball team keep the fans entertained all game long by throwing t-shirts and conducting contests.

Neighborhood    4

When it comes to finding attractions and restaurants in walking distance of the stadium, that can be a challenge, because all the main points of interest are about a mile or more away. However, driving time will take about five minutes, and from there, you can go to all the main attractions in downtown Atlanta.

Hudson Grille, Stats and the Varsity are the best places to eat. As far as attractions go, make sure you go to the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium, as they are right next to each other.

Make sure you check out the College Football Hall of Fame. It's right around the corner from the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium, with a Fall 2014 opening date.

Fans    5

Fans may not be out in bunches for the football team, but the baseball team is one of the more respected programs in college baseball, which is why the fans come out consistently and support them.

Because the ACC is a strong baseball conference, a lot of visiting fans do come to the ballpark, and the home team fans treat them very well.

The fans do have certain chants for different players, which is fun to watch, and they are as loud of a group as I've ever seen for a college baseball team. The fans are really one of the reasons Russ Chandler is a very popular place in the spring.

Access    5

There is no designated parking lot for Russ Chandler Stadium, because it's right in the heart of the Georgia Tech campus. There are two parking decks a block away, and it only costs $5 to park.

Finding the stadium is also a breeze. Once you get off I-85/75, the street to get the parking decks is a block or two away from the exit, and it's a straight drive that takes a minute.

The security check is not an issue, despite having their rules of what you can and can't bring in. But then again, it's never really a big issue for college baseball games.

Return on Investment    5

Tickets for a game will cost $8-$10. That is good value, considering you get to watch a quality baseball team take on some of the best teams in the country in a stadium which is in the heart of downtown Atlanta.

The $10 tickets are the seatback tickets that are behind home plate, and that is definitely worth the money, because those seats are better than the bleachers.

There is not a bad place to sit in the stadium, so with the ticket for the seat along with food options, you certainly get your money's worth.

Extras    4

One star goes to the programs handed out at the game. The program gives you a lot of info about the team, and it's professionally done.

Another star goes to the free gear handed out at each game. I got a mini baseball bat when I went to the game, which is something you don't see a lot in college baseball games.

Another star goes to the retired and honored numbers on the outfield wall. Jason Varitek and Normar Garciaparra's numbers are among those that hang on the wall.

The last star goes to the contests they have between innings. I had never heard of a frozen t-shirt contest until I made my way to Russ Chandler Stadium.

Final Thoughts

Not too many college baseball stadiums have the same atmosphere, access and fans displayed in Russ Chandler Stadium. It's a stadium that has been in Atlanta a long time, and it has become a staple in the city.

Even if you are not a fan of Georgia Tech baseball, you have to come out to a game at Russ Chandler Stadium, because it's one of the best college baseball experiences you will ever have, and it will make you a fan of the sport.

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Hudson Grille  (map it!)

4046 Peachtree Rd NE

Atlanta, GA 30319

(404) 233-0313

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STATS  (map it!)

300 Marietta St NW

Atlanta, GA 30313

(404) 885-1472

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Varsity  (map it!)

61 North Avenue Northwest

Atlanta, GA 30308

(404) 881-1706

http://www.thevarsity.com/

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World of Coca-Cola  (map it!)

121 Baker St NW

Atlanta, GA 30313

(404) 676-5151

http://www.worldofcoca-cola.com/

Georgia Aquarium  (map it!)

225 Baker St NW

Atlanta, GA 30313

(404) 581-4151

http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/

College Football Hall of Fame  (map it!)

250 Marietta St NW

Atlanta, GA 30301

(404) 880-4800

http://www.cfbhall.com/

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