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Turner Field

Atlanta, GA

Home of the Atlanta Braves

4.4

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Turner Field (map it)
755 Hank Aaron Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30315


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Year Opened: 1996

Capacity: 50,096

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Home of the Braves

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.

4.4

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    5

No matter your seat, you can be sure that a number of concession stands are nearby. Most of the stands offer common ballpark foods such as burgers, hot dogs, and snacks, but the concessions don't stop there. In the outfield, there is Sweetwater beer island featuring a variety of craft beer. Also in the outfield is Braves Chophouse, a restaurant offering sandwiches, burgers, and other entrees, including the "famous smoked turkey leg." On the other side of the stadium, you can find the famous Waffle House stand. Aside from waffles, you can also get "Double Hash Browns All the Way" which are hash browns topped with onions, cheese, ham, and peppers.

Coca-Cola is the drink of choice not just in Turner Field, but all over the city. Coca-Cola was invented in Georgia, and is a popular drink all over the city.

Prices are high, which unfortunately has become the norm at ballparks. Meals run around $15, which is about average for the MLB. Thankfully, there are also $5 combos featuring a drink and a choice of hot dog, pretzel, or nachos.

Atmosphere    5

Anywhere in the ballpark is a great seat. From behind home plate, you can see the Atlanta skyline in the distance, along with the huge video board out in center field. The video board is very informative, giving any stat the fan could ask for.

Sitting high in left field is Sky Field, a patio area offering the best view in the park. Other than the view, Sky Field also features a couple of bases and a dugout emphasizing the "field" part of the area. On the opposite side of the area, there are oversized lawn chairs and binoculars offering a perfect view of the city.

It's worth mentioning that Turner Field has no bleacher seating at all. Every seat in this park is a stadium seat, which means that no matter where you sit, you will always have enough space.

Neighborhood    4

Turner Field is built on the edge of the city, so if you're looking to get a meal near the stadium, you only have two options.

One option is the Bullpen Rib House. With the interior and exterior made to look like a barn, there's no mistaking what the featured cuisine is here. For about $12, you can get a 1/3-slab of ribs (which is plenty for most) and a side. The place is always crowded when the Braves are playing, but you can usually find an open table or two.

Your other option for a pre-game meal is to tailgate. The parking lots at Turner Field are home to above average tailgating for an MLB game. Several hours before the game, fans flock to the parking lots where they can be found eating, drinking, and playing cornhole. If you enjoy tailgating, you should consider joining the party outside Turner Field.

Fans    5

If nothing else, Braves fans are a dedicated bunch. They don't get wild and crazy like some fan bases, but they know their team and they know their team's rivals. The fans know to get loud for their team and know to boo teams like the Nationals, Mets, and Phillies.

There is only one chant and it is a very simple one. The Braves share a chant with Florida State in what is known in Atlanta as the "Tomahawk Chop." The chop is contagious, and you will find yourself doing it involuntarily. Even the Chick-fil-A cow can't resist (more on that later).

Access    3

Simply put, public transportation is your best bet. Parking lots run $10-$20, but the traffic on your way to the game makes driving illogical.

Atlanta's public transit, named the MARTA, offers two ways to get to the Braves. You can take any train to the central station, Five Points, from which you can take the Braves shuttle to the game. If you'd rather walk, you can take the blue or green line to the Georgia State station from where you take a scenic one-mile walk past the capital, Olympic torch, and Turner Field parking lots.

Once at the gate, getting in the park is very easy. There is very little wait at the gate and after just one quick scan, you are in the park.

Return on Investment    4

No matter where you buy Braves tickets, you will get your money's worth. Both the first and second-hand markets are fairly priced, and the in-game experience is most definitely worth it.

The Braves also offer family deals. The family pack is 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 drinks, a parking pass, a program, and a $10 gift card to the team shop. Families should definitely consider this option when attending a game, since this makes the Braves game even more affordable.

The only thing keeping this from a 5 is the food prices. I'll admit, their prices are about even with other MLB teams, but that's not an excuse. High concession prices at professional sporting events are expected, but really shouldn't be.

Extras    5

The Braves have signs along left field honoring their division titles and other postseason accomplishments. Since the Braves won 14 straight division titles, there are quite a few flags.

The mascot at Turner Field is Homer, a baseball-headed mascot who is often on the field helping with games and entertaining the crowd.

One thing about Turner Field that I love is how accessible the bullpens are. Both home and visiting pitchers can be watched by fans as they warm up.

The field level concourse is home to Scouts island, an area to games such as speed pitch and batting practice.

The Braves museum is also worth seeing. Admission is only $2 and shows the team's history dating back to the Boston Braves in 1871.

Final Thoughts

Turner Field may not be as old as Fenway or as legendary as Wrigley. However, what it lacks in fame is made up for in a fantastic game experience. Everywhere you go in the park, you can find some interesting monument or fun perk. Since the Braves recently announced plans to move away from Turner in coming years, be sure to visit Turner while you still can.

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.

The Ted

Total Score: 4.29

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

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.

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.

Disappointed based on hearsay

Total Score: 3.86

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

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.

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