While many people know Turner Field as the longtime home of baseball's Atlanta Braves, most do not know that it was originally constructed as Centennial Olympic Stadium in 1996 to serve as the central stadium for the 1996 Summer Olympics. The Atlanta Braves moved into the stadium, fully converted into a baseball park, the following season.
From 1997 to 2005, Turner Field hosted Major League Baseball's National League Division Series in the playoffs an astonishing twelve times, and then hosted it again in 2010 and 2013. It also hosted the National League Championship Series from 1997 to 1999, and again in 2001, including a World Series in 1999, a NL Wild Card Game playoff in 2012, and the Major League Baseball All Star Game in 2012. Make sure to get your Braves tickets and experience this hisorical venue in person!
Turner Field was an 85,000 seat stadium at the time it hosted both the Olympics and the Paralympics. At the completion of the Olympics, the stadium underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in a short period of time to get it ready to be a Major League Baseball Stadium. This included removing temporary stands and building more permanent stands for the outfield. It now has roughly 49,500 seats.
The Ivan Allen Jr. Braves Museum & Hall of Fame serves as the Atlanta Braves main museum. Museum admission is purchased the same window you purchase your Braves game tickets at, and the museum is open all year round, regardless of games and schedules. The museum and hall of fame are so popular that they are the starting as well as the ending point of Turner Field stadium tours offered during times the stadium is not in use.
Getting There and Getting In
Parking & Directions
Turner Field is located on Hank Aaron Drive (755 Hank Aaron Drive, the total number of Hank Aaron's career home runs, to be precise) in southeastern Atlanta. The old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium now provides a large parking lot for those driving to the stadium. It is encouraged, when driving, to contact the stadium ahead of time for updated information regarding any potential detours or changes in parking. The field is also accessible via MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) and its multiple bus routes. However, there is not currently a direct rail station located near Turner Field, but it can be accessed by using the Georgia State station on the Blue/Green for those who prefer that option.