Turner Field is a baseball stadium, located at 755 Hank Aaron Drive in Atlanta, Georgia. The stadium was originally built as Centennial Olympic Stadium, completed in 1996, and was to serve as focal point of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. After the conclusion of the Olympic Games, the stadium was converted into a baseball park.
Atlanta County-Fulton Stadium was demolished in the summer of 1997; and the new stadium was built directly across the street. Construction was done at a cost of $209 million, and following the Olympics, the north end of the stadium was converted to its permanent use as a baseball park. Turner Field was designed by the following architectural firms; Heery International, Rosser International, Williams-Russell and Johnson, and Ellerbe Becket.
Turner Field is owned by the Atlanta Braves and Liberty Media. The stadium has 3 party suites, 59 luxury boxes, a museum and hall of fame, a Braves Clubhouse Store and many concession stands and is fully handicapped accessible. After the stadium was constructed, many wanted it to be called Hank Aaron Stadium; however, the baseball park is named after Atlanta media mogul Ted Turner.
Turner Field underwent significant renovations prior to the 2005 baseball season. A $10 million video display screen which is listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the largest high definition video board in the world. Also added to the upper deck was a 1,080 feet long LED display screen which is used for displaying advertisements, next to the display is a 100 ft. tall replica statue of Hank Aaron's 715th home run baseball.
The most unique facet about Turner Field is the Grand Entry Plaza; guests must have a ticket to enter the entertainment/concession area located on the north end of the stadium. The Plaza a popular venue for families with small children, located here are Scouts Alley an educational/entertainment area, the Cartoon Networks Tooner Field and various other games designed to appeal to baseballs youngest fans. The Plaza encourages guests to come to the ballpark early and enjoy the Plaza and all it has to offer.
Adjacent to the ticket windows is a large park-like area called "Monument Grove''. The Grove features statues of Hank Aaron, Ty Cobb and Phil Niekro which were once located at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Scattered throughout the grove are landscaped areas, picnic tables and trees, which makes the Grove an appealing addition to the stadium. The Monument Grove is also home of the Hall of Fame and the Ivan Allen Jr. Braves Museum and the ever growing Turner Field art collection.
Turner Field offers guided tours for guests all year round; tour stops include, the Hall of Fame, the Coca Cola Skyfield, Scouts Alley, the Broadcast Booth, The Plaza, the Museum Store and many other attractions located throughout the park. For groups of 20 or more visitors, a two-week advanced notification is necessary. The Atlanta Braves baseball club invites guests to experience the history of baseball, and tour interesting sights around Turner Field, all combining to make it a perfect experience for baseball lovers everywhere.
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