Stadium

Since arriving in Atlanta, the Braves have played in two ballparks: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium from 1966 to 1996, and Turner Field from 1997 to the present. Built on the other side of the street from Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Turner Field originally served as the main stadium for the 1996 Summer Olympics. When the Atlanta Games ended, the Braves received a 20-year lease for the stadium. With the financial support of Olympic Committee, the stadium was then remodeled to suit baseball by removing 35,000 seats to create the ballpark’s main entrance, the Grand Entry Plaza. The ballpark was renamed Turner Field after Ted Turner, the former Braves owner who was instrumental in turning around the franchise and putting it on the national stage. The ballpark’s street location was also renamed 755 Hank Aaron Drive to commemorate the Braves’ slugger and his 755 career home runs. Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium was subsequently demolished and now serves as a parking lot.

Today, Turner Field holds approximately 50,000 people and includes three levels and four concourses. It features 61 suites and a private membership club which are all located on the middle level. On top of the upper level in left field is the Coca-Cola Skyfield, a viewing area consisting of a large Coca-Cola Bottle and a dirt base path for kids. Yet the biggest feature in the outfield is the BravesVision video board in centerfield. The $10 million high definition display was the signature addition of a series of renovations that too place leading up to the 2005 season and was the largest in the world at the time. Above the board is the Braves logo, featuring a 27-foot neon tomahawk. Several times per game, the fans will perform the tomahawk chop when the organist plays the war chant.