Turner Field has been an attraction for Atlanta natives for nearly 20 seasons. However, that will change in 2017, because the Atlanta Braves, who play their home games at Turner Field, are moving up to Cobb County and the new SunTrust Park.
Regardless, the stadium is relatively new compared to half of the ballparks in the country; Turner Field has a great baseball feel to it. It’s one of the bigger stadiums in MLB, as it seats close to 50,000. The stadium broke ground in 1993, and it was originally made for the 1996 Olympics. When the Olympics came to an end, the stadium was downsized, and it has been the Braves home since 1997.
Turner Field is not looked at by some as one of the best stadiums in the league, and a lot of it has to do with the area surrounding it. But if you want to see some southern baseball that is cheap and has a great atmosphere, then Turner Field is the place for you.
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If you want to have some great food at Turner Field, then you won't be disappointed. The Ted (as the ballpark is affectionately known) does offer some basic foods, such as hot dogs, peanuts and popcorn.
But they also have a few unique places to eat, such as Chick-fil-A and Waffle House. Both places are staples in the south, especially Chick-fil-A, which was originally established just south of the city.
When it comes to sodas, Georgia is Coke country, so Coke products are everywhere. And there are plenty of beers served all over the stadium including craft beer, specifically Sweetwater, which is the biggest brewery in Atlanta.
The best place to go to eat and drink is The Chop House. It is a restaurant located in the outfield, it offers both indoor and outdoor seating and it features plenty of food options, including turkey legs.
Rain or shine, the atmosphere at Turner Field is always enjoyable.
The seats are not very roomy, but they are not too small, either. Every seat has a cup holder, and the chairs are comfortable. But what really makes the stadium enjoyable is the big video board located in center field. It's a great place to watch pregame segments, and because of its size, everyone can see it, no matter where you are sitting. Also, the big Coke bottle and the Chick-fil-A cow located at the top of the stadium are very nice touches.
The Tomahawk team is a group of females that gives away shirts and dance around during the seventh-inning stretch. That is another reason the atmosphere at Turner Field is on point.
The best seat would have to be the upper box behind home plate. It's far from the field, but not too far, and you can see everything, unlike if you were to sit along the foul line in the lower level.
Turner Field is located just outside of the busiest part of the city, but it's less than five miles away from all the action.
Probably the two best places to eat near the stadium are Stats and Atlanta Braves All-Star Grill. Both are sports bars that give fans plenty of options to eat, drink and watch games. As far as a restaurant within walking distance, the only place to eat is Bullpen Rib House, which is right next to Turner Field, and it's always open after Braves home games.
There are plenty of attractions near Turner Field, but the three best are the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium and the College Football Hall of Fame. All three can keep families entertained for hours and hours. Another place to go is Centennial Olympic Park. It's a great place for families to relax and even take in a concert.
And there are plenty of places to stay within a five-mile radius of Turner Field. Grant Park Hotel and Country Inn are the two closest places to lodge near the stadium, and both are not bad, considering they are not in the nicest part of town. If you want to stay just outside of Turner Field, the best place to go is the Omni Hotel, which is one of the nicest hotels in the area.
The fan experience is solid, but it's not the best in Major League Baseball.
Turner Field holds about 50,000 people. The average attendance for a Braves game is close to 25,000 fans per game, which ranks near the bottom of the league.
The good thing is the fans do get involved and it does get loud when something big happens. There are quite a few fans that walk around during game action, but a lot of it has to do with the Atlanta heat, which can be brutal.
The fan experience could be one of the downfalls of Turner Field.
The best type of public transportation to take to the game is MARTA. When you take MARTA, you have to stop at the Five Points Station, and a bus takes you to and from the game, which can be a little frustrating at times.
So driving to the game might be the best bet, but parking is also challenging. Traffic is really bad getting to the game (especially during weekday games), and leaving the stadium is even more difficult, because the traffic flow goes in only one direction.
When it comes to moving around the stadium, it's pretty accessible. It's not too crowded and it's easy to move around. The restrooms are fairly clean, and there is never a really long line, because there are plenty of restrooms in the stadium.
Going to Turner Field and taking in a professional baseball game is worth it when it comes to the price.
The ticket prices can be as low as $1, parking can be as low as $5, and the programs are free. Public transportation is also cheap, as it only costs $5 for a round trip via MARTA.
One of the cool things the Braves do is something called Steal of the Week. Every Thursday, the Braves send out an email to fans who have signed up and offer weekly ticket deals.
One point has to go to the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame. It's a great place to learn about the history the Braves and the history of baseball.
One point goes to the Fan Relations Booth. They are always friendly and helpful.
One point goes to the Braves Clubhouse Store. It's the place to go to get hats, jerseys, tomahawks and bobbleheads.
Speaking of bobbleheads, one point goes to the free bobbleheads the staff gives away once a month. They are great collector's items for baseball fans.
The last point goes to the championship banners and the team's retired numbers. The Braves have a long history and they do a good job of honoring past teams and legendary players like Hank Aaron, Dale Murphy, Greg Maddux and Chipper Jones.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 1996 Olympics were awarded to Atlanta, and the city quickly began work on a new stadium to host them. After the Games concluded, the stadium was transformed and became the new home of the Atlanta Braves. The longest continually operating franchise in baseball began a new era in a park that quickly gained a reputation as being one of the best in MLB. Turner Field is now approaching its 20th year of operation, and even though you can see the park aging, it is still a can’t miss experience for any fan of the game.
I'll start by saying that the park isn't bad by any means and the experience is enjoyable. However, I'd heard a lot of good things about this park, but after attending about half of the MLB parks so far it falls near the bottom of the list of parks. There's just not al that much to it. Some of the concourses are a nightmare to navigate, there isn't a ton of "local" food, the ushers were surprisingly strict/mean, and the park in general just doesn't have that neighborhoody feel that the best parks in baseball have. The fans are great and the atmosphere isn't a problem. I'm really hoping the new ballpark in a couple years really gives the great Atlanta baseball fan base what it deserves in terms of a modern park built to represent the city's culture.
Have been here many times. Really like the venue. You have a great view from all the seats and there really isn't a bad seat in the house. There are plenty of food options available on all levels. Stadium has plenty of parking and is easy to get in and out of.
What can I say? So much to do and see at Turner Field. Fans are always lively. Post game concerts, tons of promotions and giveaways. Turner Field is about as good as it gets.
There are many great things about Turner Field and two glaring bad things about the Ted. Of the many times I have been to a Braves game, I have never felt like my life was in danger or being afraid that I might get mugged after a game. Even though it is in a bad part of town, the park is secured well. Parking has never been an issue and the food is great. Access to the interstate is never an issue. Great history about past teams is everywhere. The bad issues with the Ted is the traffic leaving the park. We were there for a playoff game is it seemed like were stationary for almost 2 hours trying to leave. Apparently traffic comes to a halt as soon as the game ends. The other thing are the fans. I'm not saying that the fans treat other fans poor. I'm saying that the Braves fans just don't show up! For a franchise that has had that much success in a state that has no other franchise that has won a world championship, it's just pathetic. It's a great franchise that needs better support from their fans.
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