Turner Field, also known as The Ted, is a former US baseball park, which was located in the city of Atlanta, Georgia.
From 1997 to 2016, the venue had been the main home to the Atlanta Braves, an MLB team. Starting with the 2017 season, the Braves eventually moved to a brand new facility, SunTrust Park.
Initially built to be an Olympic stadium for the XXVI Olympics, this particular venue was officially opened on the 19th of July, 1996. The facility was initially known by the name of Centennial Olympic Stadium. Following the conclusion of the 10th Summer Paralympic Games, the stadium was renovated and modified for it to become a baseball stadium.
The newly built facility was eventually completed before the start of the 1997 season. The stadium was renamed "Turner Field" in honor of the team’s then-owner, Ted Turner. In addition to that, the stretch of road on which the stadium stands was renamed "Hank Aaron Drive 755.” The name is a tribute to Hank Aaron, one of the most celebrated players in the history of the Braves. For several years, Hank Aaron actually held the MLB record for most home runs by a single career player, hence the number 755.
The re-opening of the newly renovated stadium took place on the 29th of March, 1997. The first game held in this facility was a friendly match, but the first competitive league match happened on the fourth of April 1997, just a few weeks into the stadium’s inauguration.
There are many positive events and great memories associated with this venue. Unfortunately, Turner Field is also quite known for some accidents that happened at this facility. In 2008, a drunken fan looking to slide down the staircase railing from the club level down to the field unfortunately slipped and fell to his death. In addition to that, another fan fell to his death in 2013, in what was actually ruled as a suicide. Another person actually fell in 2015, in what was ruled an accidental fall.
In addition to the many sporting events and game that took place at this facility, this stadium was home to many concerts. In 2001, George Strait performed there and organized a massive country music festival. In addition to that, many other artists had the opportunity to perform there, including Dave Matthews, as well as The Rolling Stones, Metallica, and Tori Kelly, only to mention but a few. This stadium also has a strong association with film and television production. In fact, it was used as a setting for so many different films and tv shows! Because of its rather scene design, the facility has appeared in popular shows and movies, including Flight, as well as The Change-Up, as well as Trouble with the Curve, only to mention a few. In addition to that, the facility served as a setting for the 19th televised season of The Amazing Race. Eventually, the show took place right outside the stadium. The stadium was actually closed in 2016, and groundbreaking renovations started in 2017, to the point that the venue was reconfigured into an all-new facility, Center Parc Stadium."