Turner Field

former stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Turner Field is a baseball ballpark in Atlanta, Georgia, home to the Atlanta Braves. The park first opened in 1996 to host the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, when it was known as Centennial Olympic Stadium. After the Olympics and Paralympics, the park was changed to allow baseball to be played, and opened for the 1997 Braves season.[1] The stadium replaces Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, which was built in 1966.

Turner Field
Interior of the stadium during the 1996 Paralympic Games

On November 11, 2013, it was announced that the Braves would leave Turner Field for a new stadium in Cobb County. The lease which allowed the Braves to play in Turner Field was set to end in 2016, and the team stated that many fans had problems getting to the stadium on game days.[2] At the new stadium's groundbreaking on September 16, 2014, that venue's name was revealed as SunTrust Park.[3]

After the Braves left, Turner Field has been reconfigured for the second time, redesigned for college football in 2017 as Center Parc Stadium for Georgia State University. Architecture firm Heery was responsible for both stadium conversions.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "SunTrust Park". MLB.com.
  2. "Atlanta Braves leaving Turner Field for new ballpark in nearby Cobb Country". MLB. Archived from the original on 2013-11-11. Retrieved 2013-11-09.
  3. J. Scott Trubey (September 16, 2014). "Braves' new stadium to be named SunTrust Park". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  4. Tucker, Tim (2017-08-01). "How Turner Field turned into Georgia State's football stadium". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.