Turner Field Tickets
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Events at Turner Field
TURNER FIELD: Atlanta Braves
Turner Field is the only park in the majors that can boast being the site of numerous gold medal performances. The structure that is Turner Field was carved out of the 1996 Olympic Stadium, which hosted all track-and-field events at the Atlanta Games. The Games came along at a perfect time for the Atlanta Braves, as Fulton County Stadium had become obsolete and the team was searching for financing for a new park. Thanks to the Olympics, they obtained a $250 million facility that needed only a few changes to make it functional for baseball.
Braves ticket holders would have been the primary people inconvenienced had the team not made some alterations to Olympic Stadium. But after removing 35,000 seats and part of the track structure, a still sizable stadium was left that has all the modern amenities major league teams expect.
If you’ve got Braves tickets, make sure to bring your tomahawks-there’s a 27-foot neon tomahawk on top of the outfield video board. Atlanta fans love to do the chop at key rally points in the game, a phenomenon that began with the 1991 “worst-to-first” team that lost to the Minnesota Twins in a thrilling World Series. The primary pregame gathering point for Braves ticket holders at Turner Field is the main entry plaza, which includes its own dedicated 17-by-22 foot video board. Games and activities for kids are regular features in the plaza. There are plenty of historical activities for fans with Braves tickets as well, and every Atlanta fan has to take a tour of the main Turner Field parking lot-it’s built on the site of Fulton County Stadium and includes a notation of the spot where Hank Aaron’s record 715th home run landed.
The Atlanta Braves have been such a regular participant in the postseason that some fans probably think World Series tickets are a standard part of the season ticket package. They’ve made the postseason in nearly every season since 1991. That success may have spoiled Braves fans, as attendance has decreased every season since the 1997 high of 3,464,488 fans came through the Turner Field gates.
Year Built: 1997
‘12 attendance: 29,878 per game average; 2,420,171 total
Dimensions: 335 to left, 380 to left-center, 401 to center, 390 to right-center, 330 to right
Hotels Nearby: Comfort Inn at Turner Field, Country Inn & Suites, Atlanta Capitol Plaza Hotel, Holiday Inn Select Capitol Plaza
Thrill of victory: Oct. 19, 1999: As usual, the Braves had their full arsenal of incredible starting pitching (the starting playoff rotation was Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and Kevin Millwood) in 1999. But it was their offense that carried them to a Game 6 NLCS victory over the New York Mets, earning a 10-9 decision that enabled the team to start printing World Series tickets for a matchup against the New York Yankees. The winning run came in the bottom of the 11th when free-swinging Andruw Jones drew a walk to force home Gerald Williams with the winning run.
Agony of defeat: Oct. 24, 1999: The Braves were clearly the National League’s dominant team. Unfortunately for them, they weren’t the dominant team in the majors. That distinction fell to the New York Yankees, a formidable squad that posted a 4-0 sweep in the World Series. The first two games were played at Turner Field, with Game 2 especially disheartening. David Cone shut down the Braves, posting a 7-2 victory to send the Yankees back to New York with a chance to clinch the title.
Braves Ticket Tips: One of the concessions necessitated by the conversion from track complex to baseball stadium is the fact that there is plenty of foul ground at Turner Field, which means seats are well removed from the playing field. If you’re not holding one of the Dugout Level tickets that ring the infield, try a Lexus Level seat. They’re a little bit higher, but they include one priceless amenity when the Atlanta summers turn hot and muggy-an air-conditioned concourse that allows fans to grab some cool air when the temperatures climb.