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Home of the Atlanta Braves, 1997 to present

(also known as Centennial Olympic Stadium, 1996)


BUILT: 1996

CAPACITY: 49,831

FIRST GAME: April 4, 1997, vs. Chicago Cubs (Braves 5, Cubs 4)

GOOGLE EARTH: View Turner Field in Google Earth

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Built in 1996 at a cost of $250 million, Atlanta's Turner Field is the current home of the Atlanta Braves. The park was constructed to host the 1996 Summer Olympics and originally seated 85,000 for the Games, with extra bleacher seating forming the stadium's oval. Ironically, it was not used for the Olympic baseball competition, which took place in nearby Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, located across the street from the new stadium. After the Games, the bleachers were removed, and the stadium was completed in time for the 1997 season.

The park replaced Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, which has since been memorialized in the form of a wall (representing the stadium's former location) around a parking lot adjacent to the current stadium. Turner Field was renamed after colorful media mogul Ted Turner, who is a former owner of the team.

Following the 2013 season, the Braves announced that they would begin construction of a new ballpark in suburban Cobb County, with a planned 2017 opening. The City of Atlanta, which owns Turner Field, explained that it would have cost between $150 million to $250 million to upgrade the stadium in accordance with the Braves' wishes. Instead, the ballpark will be demolished after the Braves move out, making way for a middle class housing development. The Braves' main complaints about Turner Field centered on the lack of economic development around the stadium, inadequate parking and poor public transit access.



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