Commonly referred to as the ‘Home of the Braves’ in honor of it’s tenants, Turner Field hosted it’s inaugural Atlanta Braves game in April 1997. With the capability to seat more than 50,000 fans, spectators regularly pack themselves into this facility featuring a combination of vintage baseball styling and modern amenities. Speaking of amenities, Turner Field offers constant game updates via the Atlanta BravesVision video board, the PlazaVision board and more than 500 television monitors throughout. Inside the ballpark, spectators are invited to do the tomahawk chop in conjunction the 27ft. neon tomahawk, which resides atop the video board.
The playing surface at Turner Field is created with the use of prescription athletic turf, which features a drainage system and hybrid Bermuda grass. The facility features three different seating levels, which includes the Field level, Lexus level and upper level. The Lexus level offers 58 private suites and Turner Field’s exclusive membership club known as the 755 Club. The upper level features a spectacular view of downtown Atlanta and the Field level gives spectators a close view of the action on the field.
One of the most notable, and historical, events held at Turner Field include the 1996 Summer Olympics. The Atlanta Braves Museum and Hall of Fame, which is located on the grounds of Turner Field, offers additional information on the history of the facility and the ballclub. In addition, it showcases more than 500 Atlanta Braves artifacts dating back to 1871. Open yearround, the Atlanta Braves Museum and Hall of Fame is among the most popular stops for tourists and sports fans. For those who participate in the Turner Field tours, a visit to a luxury suite, the press box, broadcast booth, dugout, Scouts Alley, the clubhouse locker room and The Plaza are typically on the list of scheduled stops.
Tooner Field, which is a special children’s area of Turner Field, is presented by Cartoon Network and is a new $3.4 million project featuring cartoon-themed baseball decor. Measuring over 13,000 sq. ft., Tooner Field allows youngsters to challenge their skills in a fun way and while enjoying one of the newest additions to Turner Field.
From young and old to small and tall, Turner Field offers something for every fan. Although most come to enjoy an exciting game of baseball, touring the museum or watching the little ones enjoy an afternoon at Tooner Field is a terrific way to spend some time before the game starts. The great American game of baseball is no longer just an ordinary day at the ballpark. Today, it’s a host of activities leading up to the big event that is sure to be a fun-filled day for everyone.
Two historic homes are located on the grounds of the History Center. The Swan House, built in 1928, is one of Atlanta’s most photographed landmarks. The mansion was built for the Inman family, who made their fortune in the cotton brokerage business. Guided tours showcase the beautifully restored and elegantly furnished home. The Tullie Smith Farm depicts life in rural Georgia during the 19th century. The farmhouse was built in the 1840s and survived the burning of Atlanta during the Civil War. Originally located east of Atlanta, it was moved to its present site in 1969.
Several lovely gardens are located on site. The Swan House Gardens and the Tullie Smith Farm Gardens surround the historic homes. Other highlights are the Rhododendron Garden, the Asian American Garden, and the Quarry Garden with its rare and endangered native species. The Atlanta History Center is located at 130 West Paces Ferry Road, just a few blocks from the Governor’s Mansion. It is open Monday through Saturday from 10am-5:30pm. Sunday hours are from noon to 5:30pm. This outstanding facility is well worth a visit.