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Home of the Atlanta Braves

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755 Hank Aaron Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30315


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Year Opened: 1996

Capacity: 50,096

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The Ted

Turner Field has been home of the Atlanta Braves since 1997. It was originally built as Centennial Olympic Stadium for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, but was converted to a baseball stadium after the Olympic Games came to an end.

While the Braves were on their run of consecutive division titles, Turner Field hosted the National League Division Series 10 times, the National League Championship Series four times, the 1999 World Series, the 2012 National League Wild Card Game and the 2000 MLB All-Star Game.

Turner Field holds close to 50,000 fans, but the record attendance is 54,357 fans, which occurred in 2003 when the Braves took on the Chicago Cubs in a playoff game.

While Turner Field does not hold the same mystique as Wrigley Field, Fenway Park or Camden Yards, and the average attendance is not as strong as other teams in the majors, this is one of the better ballparks in the league. If you want to visit the city of Atlanta and you’re looking for something fun to do in the summer, check out a Braves game and Turner Field. You will not regret it.

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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

Turner Field has its share of concession stands that feature hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, popcorn and peanuts. The cost is the same as a typical major league ballpark, as it will cost you $10-$13 for a meal. However, if you are a season ticket holder, the prices will be cut in half, which is not a bad deal.

The Braves do offer a variety of different places to eat in the facility. One of the more notable restaurants/bars is The Braves Chop House, located behind center field. The Chop House features indoor and outdoor seating, and the famous smoked Turkey Leg. Fans can also enjoy an adult beverage from the full-service bar and watch the game from the top of The Chop House.

Another eatery that is never a downer is Chick-fil-A, which is based in Atlanta. The chicken sandwich is always good, but you have to have one of their milkshakes. It's dangerously addicting.

As far as beverages go, water and sodas are available at all concessions, as well as all domestic beers and wine. Trust me when I say you will never go hungry or thirsty at The Ted.

Atmosphere    5

One of the best things about Turner Field is that you get to see the Atlanta skyline if you are sitting behind home plate. Along with that view, you also get to see the big Coca-Cola bottle and the Chick-fil-A Cow that sits on top of the stadium.

There is really not a bad seat in the house. In fact, the best seat may be not a seat at all. Fans have a chance to buy $1 tickets, which give you access to watch the game at the Coca-Cola Skyfield, which sits along the left field line.

The scoreboard is one-of-a-kind, as it nearly takes up all of center field and is viewable no matter where you sit.

Fans are also entertained by the Braves drumline and the Tomahawk Team, which is a group of girls that get the fans pumped up for the game by dancing and giving away t-shirts.

Neighborhood    3

One of the downfalls of the Turner Field is location. Because the ballpark is not exactly in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the best places to eat are not within walking distance.

However, there is the Bullpen Rib House, which is right next to Turner Field. It's open after the game along with its regular hours, so if you don't want to sit in traffic, stop by and order a pulled pork sandwich.

As far as comfort and safety when walking to and from the game, you'll be safe; however, Turner Field is not located in the best of neighborhoods, just like any other stadium located in a major city. As long as you be polite to the neighbors in the area, you will be just fine.

Fans    5

Braves fans are not as wild and crazy as the Yankees or Cardinals fans, but they are passionate about their team and they come from all over the southern region of the country. Like any southerner, they are friendly and welcome visiting fans with open arms.

The Braves fans also know their history. Because of their history of winning, the average Braves fan knows players like Ron Gant, Otis Nixon and Ryan Klesko, which are not household names, but did a lot of great things in a Braves uniform.

The only chant they have is one of the most famous in the history of sports, and that's the Tomahawk Chop. This tradition has been going strong since 1991, and it never gets old for any Braves fan.

Access    3

Because Turner Field is located in downtown Atlanta, getting to and from the game is a huge challenge. If you are a native of Atlanta, shortcuts and back roads are the way to go instead of going on the interstate, because if you take the interstate, you will never make it to the game on time.

The best way to get the Turner Field is MARTA which is Atlanta's mass transit service. Fans can take the train to the Five Points Station, take the short walk through Underground Atlanta and get on a shuttle to Turner Field.

When you get to The Ted, security access is quick and easy, which is always a good thing. There are restrooms all over the stadium and they are always clean.

If there is some way to improve the traffic to and from the game (which will likely never happen), the attendance for each Braves game would increase by 5,000.

Return on Investment    5

No matter how much you pay for a Braves ticket, you get your money's worth.

You don't have to pay top dollar for a ticket to have a good time, though. The prices of tickets range from $15-$120, but you can go to a secondary ticket website and get tickets for as low as $5.

If you sign up to get the Braves emails, they always have ticket deals. Some of the deals include half price tickets and buy a ticket and get a free jersey, which is my favorite.

Extras    5

Turner Field is not only a place to take in a Braves game, it's also a place for entertainment and history. As you walk in, there are statues of Braves and Georgia greats like Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and Phil Niekro.

The programs are free and informative. There is also another program you can get for $5, which has a lot more information on the Braves and is more like a yearbook.

Kids can hit in the batting cages or see how fast they can throw a ball at Scouts Alley. The Braves Museum and Hall of Fame is right next to Scouts Alley, and the pieces of history and memorabilia in the museum and hall of fame are almost too much to take in with one trip.

Another cool thing is the championship banners located above the outfield. There have not been too many World Series titles for the Braves, but the 14 consecutive division title banners are nothing to sneeze at.

I would love to see the world series return to Turner Field, and the city of Atlanta. I really hope

I would love to see the world series return to Turner Field, and the city of Atlanta. I really hope Braves management pulls out all the stops to try and get Bobby Cox a World Series ring in his final managerial season.

by paul | Jul 14, 2010 04:42 AM

Paul, I echo this sentiment. The Braves, more than any other organization in our city, consistently

Paul, I echo this sentiment. The Braves, more than any other organization in our city, consistently mean the most to the population. What I'm really loving about this season is that people of my generation, who are so fickle that they sometimes forget we have teams of all four major sports, are in love with the team, talking about the team, and making Turner Field a place to be any day of the week.

by jmccurdy | Jul 16, 2010 02:43 AM

That\'s cool and very good to hear. I have heard mixed reports in the past about Braves fans and the

That's cool and very good to hear. I have heard mixed reports in the past about Braves fans and their devotion, but clearly winning helps get people in that beautiful park.

by paul | Jul 16, 2010 05:29 AM

One can also take the MARTA to Turner Field

A recommendation: Take the MARTA to Five Points and catch a bus transfer to/from the stadium. That's how I also went and I found it less expensive than parking and less hassle in the Atlanta traffic after the game.

by megminard | Dec 08, 2010 06:33 PM

Turner Field

I must stress that if you are a Braves fan you absolutely must arrive early and take in the Braves museum. It is open pre-game, is relatively inexpensive, and will allow you to re-live some great memories. For this guy who grew up a huge Dale Murphy fan the museum is always a chance to see the #3 hanging high in all its glory.

The 755 Club high above left-field is also a must if you are able to secure access in the exclusive club for a game. The food is great, the views are awesome, the furnishings high-end, and the air conditioning cool (a major plus for those steamy ATL evenings).

I also must note that Ted Turner actually has nothing to do with the franchise anymore, though he has spoke in recent years of his desire to buy back the Braves should he ever be able to make it work for him, financially. I think most of us who are Braves diehards would love to see Ted involved with the Braves again, as long as he has the purse-strings loose and is willing to let the $$ flow.

If you're really looking for a Braves/Turner Field pre-game meal option, skip Ted's Montana Grill (though catch it another time, it's very good!) and head straight to the Bullpen Rib House, located in the shadows of Turner Field, a mere couple hundred feet from the 3rd base gates.

by Norm | Aug 11, 2011 08:15 AM

RE: Turner Field

Appreciate the post, Norm. Good call on 755; I've been once, and it was Nirvana, especially for a summer afternoon game. Thanks also for mentioning the Rib House; in Atlanta all my 24 years, had never heard or tried, but will now.

by jmccurdy | Nov 24, 2011 09:33 AM

MARTA

I, personally, would recommend using MARTA to get to the game. Avoid the parking and traffic hassles. There are some 'bus' queues to get back to Five Points after the game. I did not find it unsafe or dirty. Then, again, I'm a fan of taking public transportation to a game.

Agreed with the museum comment. Do visit that.

If you plan on taking a tour of Turner Field, definitely TAKE it (it starts and ends in the museum). Do NOT do it on game day as the tour guide rushes you through things and doesn't give ample time to see, reflect, and take photos on items of interest.

by megminard | Dec 27, 2011 10:16 PM

Inflated Scores?

I'm as big a Braves fan as anyone, but I have to react to what I believe are inflated scores.

There isn't much of a "neighborhood" around Turner Field to even rate one, let alone give four stars. Parking lots aren't "neighbors." A visit to Wrigley Field, Coors Field or Fenway Park better give us an idea what a ballpark's "neighborhood" would be.

As far as "atmosphere" goes ... this stadium was built when the Braves were regularly drawing 40,000 per game in the early to mid 1990s. It's too big a ballpark by today's standards, though. I've long advocated for the right field section to be re-worked and lopped off from the mezzanine up. Those upper deck seats face toward left-center field (incorrect angle) anyhow, and are rarely sold out. Besides, "supply/demand" dictates less seats available for big draw games gets fans to buy tickets to other games, hence, optimizing the atmosphere.

The "access" grade, however, I think, is low. I'd give it four stars, with the aforementioned lack of MARTA rail access (what a difference that would make at the gate, I think).

Aesthetically, I'd have liked to have seen more Georgia red clay (via brickwork) inside the park, and less faux girder decals on the walls (a few years back - just silly); it'd also be nice to see the outfield wall advertisements more monochromatic (all the wall signs in Fenway are white, with the same green wall color as a backdrop; does nothing to take away from the ad and still blends well into the overall aesthetic of the park).

Just my two cents.

by roninmobile | Jan 26, 2013 12:55 PM

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Crowd Reviews

One Good Turner

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

I was only the tiniest of tikes upon my visits to Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the park of my hometown Braves from 1966 to 1996. Where it once stood, there's a massive parking lot, which the vast majority of game attendees cross in order to get to our wonderful new digs, Turner Field.

There's something truly sad about the replacement of an old field with asphalt, and every time I've trekked across the aforementioned expanse of black, a sense of morbidity has come over me. Then again, entry into the glorious Ted more or less erases any negative feelings that might still linger after the walk; here, new great Atlanta Braves memories are being made.

Fan-Friendly Turner Field

Total Score: 4.57

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

The home of the Atlanta Braves, Turner Field, is located in Atlanta, GA at 755 Hank Aaron Dr. SW., right beside the Olympic Park of 1996 Olympic Games. Turner Field was built in 1996 and officially opened in 1997.

Bang for your buck!!!

Total Score: 4.29

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

My wife and I took a pilgrimmage to see our beloved Cubbies take on the Bravos two summers ago. I will remember this trip forever for a few reasons. First off, I was surprised by how easy it was to get cheap tickets, way cless expensive then face value. Ebay was littered with cheap tickets for great seats, and the Cubs are one of the best away draws in the MLB. I put ta $25 minimum bid on two seast 5 rows from the dugout, and not only did I win, I was the only person to even bid. Season ticket holders sell their seats all the time, and deals can be had. Plus, this included free valet parking (an experience I never had at a baseball game before), and free entrance to their luxury restaraunt area. This came in handy because the night we whent for our game, it rained like crazy, and we were able to hang out with some great food and frosty beverages while they proceeded to cancel the game. Not to worry though, when we went back the next day, we saw a great game, and the Cubs hammered 'em 10-2. A great bonus about our seats was that we didn't just have your usual hot dog and beer vendors, we had waiters that took our order. The food ranged from standard ballpark grub to a bit more fancy stuff...I think I had a pulled pork sandwich which was great. The parking situation was easy in and out both days, and though there it not much right next to the park, downtown ATL is a short drive away, with the incredible Georgia Aquarium, way overrated Coke Museum, and a middle of the road CNN building. Fans are notorious for being not great here, and we were the only people even close to us, but I don't need fans cheering to have a great time. It is hard to imagine getting a better value for my money then at Turner Field.

Only dissappointment of mine

Total Score: 4.71

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Was the lack of surroundings to the stadium. Parking's great, stadium's great, and things have only gotten better as I've grown up with this stadium.

Good Time

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

Last weekend I went to traditional double header at Turner Field between the Braves and Mets. As a Boston Red Sox fan I got to see our old friends D. Lowe pitch and A. Gonzalez homer twice in the first set.

We came in on the MARTA from Decatur for the game and arrived at Five Points where they have a shuttle bus to the ballpark. The shuttle takes you through downtown Atlanta and there is not much around the ballpark.

We were able to exchange our rained out tickets from the night before for the double header. Plenty of seats were avaialble and we received seats of comparable value with a very good view. As compared with Fenway, ticket prices these seats were a steal, and they were good for both games with a half hour break.

The concessions and hospitality staff couldn't be nicer. Since they each had their hometown on their badges we were able to strike up conversation with a woman from Boston working concessions. The food and beer lines were very quick and bathroom lines were minimal as well.

Between games we went to the Top of the Chop which is a picnic table area on top of the Chophouse. It was very nice to have that outside bar area as a diversion between games.

Overall, the park is a great experience and well worth the cost if you are in the Atlanta area.

The Chop

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

Had a good time at Turner Field. The museum is really neat with lots of stuff to check out. Be careful though ... if you go during the game, you could miss most of it! The square out front is one of the best in the game. The bronze statues, retired numbers, keystones in the ground ... really well done! If you think about it .... what would make monument park at Yankee Stadium better? Of course if it was OUTSIDE the stadium fore everyone to see. That's what you get at Turner Field. The food was pretty good, as was the atmosphere. The fans were great, especially for someone from out of town. Lots of nice people to talk with and trade stories. Absolutely loved the giant Chick-fil-A cow up above the leftfield stands that does the tomahawk chop! A great time overall and well worth the money and time.

Turner Field

Total Score: 4.29

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 5

I made my first trip to Turner Field this past weekend and have to say I was thoroughly impressed. Besides the hefty 30 bucks for a ticket Turner Field really impresses. The fans and atmosphere was great. We were able to find nice parking for about 10 bucks and didn't have to walk to far to the stadium. Overall a great park and definitely in my top 5 right now.

Great team history, comfortable venue, great tradition

Total Score: 3.86

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

I visited Atlanta as the last team to see a a home ballgame and it did not disappoint. Take MARTA, the light rail system to the game, and if you do anything whle there, be sure to visit the best team Hall of Fame I have ever visited, down the right field line side off the main concourse. Remember, this team started in Boston in the early 1900s. Small admission, but again, worth it. Don't let the heat disuade you from enjoying your time here, the former Olympic Stadium converted into a major league baseball stadium after the 1996 Games. Great sightlines and lots of fun things to do in the stadium. It is well worth your time here. Also consider a visit to nearby Olympic Park, the World of Coke and the Georgia Aquarium, something I was able to enjoy during one full day in Dixie.

Turner Field Review

Total Score: 3.14

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 2

Not in the greatest of neighborhoods in Atlanta. However, you have great access from the major highways in downtown. Atlanta has some good fans, but they don't show up. Why? Maybe cause they are use to winning? However, when they do show up and you hear that Tomahawk Chop...it can get fun.

Not the Best, but Not the Worst

Total Score: 3.00

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 2
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

As a frequent visitor to Turner Field, I can say that most of my experiences have been overall decent. With that said, I think there are flaws, which really is on the outside of the stadium and the atmosphere itself. The facility is fine, but if you go to Turner Field now as opposed to the early part when it opened.

Back from 97 through about 02, the place was constantly packed and fans that went were all about the baseball. Then when the "same old story" with the Braves took place, the whole feeling changed. Fans who went especially in the summer I felt like were males 18-25 from nearby colleges trying to score dates and then some with females 18-25 and were more focused on that than watching the game. And the atmosphere save for some big games has not been the same old Tomahawk Choppin Braves fans.

One other thing is they kept the park in one of the worst spots in Atlanta. After the baseball game it is a spot where you wouldn't want to be at as it is more likely you would be on the local news station for being mugged or worse than on ESPN or Fox Sports catching a home run ball.

With that said, the facility itself is nice and I like the dual concourses on lower level and the outfield pavilion as it does get the young fans ready for the game. I used to like the Budweiser Chophouse before they changed the menu and the food quality took a hit. But thankfully the concessions all over the ballpark are top notch.

Impressive

Total Score: 2.86

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 1

Turner Field gets knocked down for various reasons, but I enjoyed my visit. There are die hard Braves fans, but some are fair-weathered. However, that should not dismiss watching great baseball for a team that has had only two losing seasons since 1991. There are some areas where the field is obstructed and there are way too many seats in the outfield section. When the Braves are winning, it is a great place to be. Access is easy to get to and parking will cost $15 (or $10 if you pay prior at the box office). Parking is a hassle after the game, but then again many ballparks have this issue. The neighborhood is not an area you can walk around, but the vast parking lots make it ideal for tailgating. A plus should be given to the $4 beers at the Top of the Chop concession stand.

Nothing to make it stand out

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Turner Field was a nice ballpark, and has many extras to make it worth a visit, but to me it was another of the "retro"-style ballparks that are starting to look alike. Bonus points for the Braves Hall of Fame and the Scouts Alley, and the entry plaza is very well done, both inside and outside the park. Minus points for the seats, which are small and uncomfortable. Another minus for the team store, which had the poorest selection of any major league team store I have visited.

Always have a great time

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

Turner Field is a great place to catch a ballgame. I am a Red Sox fan and whenever they are in town half the stadium is filled with New Englanders. I don't know what that says about Braves fans but for me it's like being back home.

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