Turner Field, formerly called Centennial Olympic Stadium, is an open-air, natural grass venue in Atlanta, Georgia, and is home to the Atlanta Braves of the National League. Turner Field has a seating capacity of 49,586, and its brick and limestone exterior gives it a friendly, down-home feeling that makes it a great place to watch a ball game. See the Turner Field seating chart for further details.
The stadium served as the focal point of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, but when the games concluded, the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games gave the venue to the Braves. After extensive renovations and a name change, the stadium hosted its first Major League game on April 4, 1997, when the Braves played the Chicago Cubs. The new name for the baseball stadium was a way of honoring media executive Ted Turner, a former owner of the Atlanta Braves.
On game days, the Braves want to see their fans get to the ballpark early. This is one reason behind the installation of the Grand Entry Plaza on the north side of Turner Field next to the Braves ticket windows. The plaza is restricted to fans who have tickets to the game, and it features two pavilions where fans can play games and get something to eat. Scouts alley is also a part of the Grand Entry Plaza, and it gives fans a chance to show off their pitching and hitting abilities.
Monument Grove is near the Braves ticket windows, and here fans can learn a little Braves history as they enjoy a pleasant, outdoor area with picnic tables and benches. Fans don’t need a ticket to the game to enjoy this area. Statues of former Braves greats Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn and Phil Niekro are here along with the retired numbers of eight former players: #3 Dale Murphy, #21 Warren Spahn, #29 John Smoltz, #31 Greg Maddux, #35 Phil Niekro, #41 Eddie Mathews, #44 Hank Aaron and #47 Tom Glavine. The numbers of these outstanding Braves players are perched on a small stone with a plaque that gives information on their career with the team.
Once inside Turner Field, fans will see that the large, high-definition video board in center field above the batter’s background is the focal point of the ballpark. The Braves installed this board before the 2005 season, and it provides life-like, color pictures of the players along with their statistics. Fans also get game statistics, live video, replays and animation. When the Braves want the fans to do the famous “tomahawk chop,” the 27-foot, lighted tomahawk on top of the video board starts going into a chopping motion.
Fans who enjoy a good burger have the option of going to the McCann’s Burgers concession stands at sections 150 and 151 in Turner Field. The stands get their name from current Braves catcher Brian McCann, and they feature the Double-Cheese McCann Burger. Fans who prefer hot dogs can get six different variations on this ballpark staple at the Top Dog Express stands located at sections 207 and 421.