20 Stadiums in 20 Days – Turner Field

After visits to Comiskey Park, Milwaukee County Stadium, and Wrigley Field, the final stop on our 2007 ballpark tour was at Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves. The stadium that would become Turner Field was built for the 2006 Summer Olympic Games, after which it was converted into a baseball stadium in time for the 2007 season, which was the Braves’ first season playing there.

Turner Field is named after Braves owner Ted Turner, who likes to name things after himself – you know, Turner Broadcasting System (TBS), Turner Network Television (TNT), Turner Classic Movies. I’m not a fan of Ted Turner, what with that whole colorizing of classic movies thing, but anyway.

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Turner Field is situated next to the site of the old Fulton County Stadium. During our visit, the carcass of it was still visible from Turner Field – this area eventually became a parking lot.

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We were in Atlanta for two games, August 23 and 24, 1997, against the Cincinnati Reds. Both were day games. Let’s just say that it is really hot in Atlanta in August, hence the nickname “Hotlanta”.

Prior to the first game we walked around the ballpark to check it out. Here is a look at the field during pre-game warmups:

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On the very upper concourse in left field is a giant Coke bottle made of all sorts of baseball equipment. Coca-cola is headquartered in Atlanta, and of course is a big sponsor.

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Fun non-baseball thing to do in Atlanta: visit The World of Coca-Cola, and learn all about the history of Coke, and taste the various products Coca-Cola markets throughout the world. The first tasting room on the self-guided tour lets you sample all the usual products – Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, etc. Then you go into a room with all the international products. There are way too many to try them all, so we randomly picked a few. The Latin American products tended to be incredibly sweet. Then there was one from Italy, called Bitter Aperitif (the name itself should have been a red flag), that was so bitter that I had to run back into the prior room to cleanse my palate with classic Coke! Not sure why anyone would willingly drink this stuff – I’m guessing it’s an acquired taste.

turner3.jpgThe first game pitted the Braves’ Denny Neagle against the Reds’ Brett Tomko (or as She-Fan, Jane Heller, likes to call him, Bombko). Tomko only gave up one bomb-ko this day, a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first to Kenny Lofton. Neagle would get the win, and Tomko the loss, as the Braves won this one, 10-3.

Starting pitchers for the second game were John Smoltz for the Braves, and Mike Morgan for the Reds. The game started off much the same way, with Kenny Lofton again hitting a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first. The outcome, however, was much different, with the Braves losing 6-4 in 10 innings. Jeff Shaw got the win and Stan Belinda the save for the Reds, with Chad Fox charged with the loss for the Braves.

Our seats for both games were down the left field line in foul territory, with a view into the Reds’ bullpen:

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Not too much shade in there!

After this trip, there would be no new stadiums visited until 2000. There would end up being a three year hiatus for the birth of kid number one, the one who was sick yesterday. He’s much better today, by the way, back to picking on his sister.

Up next time, the quest resumes at Yankee Stadium.

(all photos mine)

9 Comments

There is a “Coke sampling of the World” place in Disney World in FL. Some of it is terrible! Glad your computer is fixed and we could continue your journey with you. THANKS!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I love the Coke bottle, it is awesome, I am going there this summer for a Mets game.
http://thewrightway.mlblogs.com/

Hi Sue! I love the coke bottle. That’s really cool…
Canuck
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

Julia – makes you wonder how people drink some of that stuff!
Wright Way – hope you have a cooler visit to Atlanta than we did – enjoy!
Canuck – it is definitely unique!
Sue

Sue – If they Rays are your “adopted AL team”, Does this mean I can adopt the Phillies as my NL team?
Canuck
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

LOL that Bombko gave up a Bombko that day – to Kenny Lofton of all people. Great tour as always, Sue. Can’t wait for your next installment at YS.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Argggggggggg
Love the stadium, hate that Coke stuff.
But considering that Pepsi will be paying me in my old age, do you expect anything else to be said here. lol
I love turner Field. I actually saw the All-Star game there eons ago, and have always loved that you can bring in a cooler of your own food and eat it in the stadium for a $ 10 fee. We went to a local hotdog place, the Varsity, and bought 30 dollars worth of good foods like chili dogs, double cheeseburgers and onion rings and had people just salivating over our seats on the rail with the aromas hitting the stands.

Pure joy. Oh and the gazillion foot screen did not hurt either. You could see that Chipper Jones did not trim those nose hairs during every at bat. ( just kidding Chipper, it really was your eyebrows).

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Those are some really cool pics. =)

~ King of Cali
http://kingofcali.mlblogs.com/

Canuck – Sure! Sounds good to me.
Jane – be sure to check out the Yankee Stadium entry today!
Renegade – hope you refrained from sabotaging the Coke bottle! The huge high-def video screen is new since we’ve been there – nose hairs or eyebrows, either one is kinda gross. :-)
King – Thanks! Pac Bell Park is coming up over the weekend – hope you can check it out!
Sue

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