The Atlanta Braves have decided that Turner Field — which opened in 1997, after being converted from a track and field stadium to a baseball one — is no longer able to fill the franchises needs. On Monday, Nov. 11th the team announced that they are going to be building a new ball park in Cobb County, Ga. near I-75 and I-285.
Atlanta’s current home, Turner Field, was originally built as the track and field stadium for the 1996 summer Olympics. After the Olympics were completed the City of Atlanta spent one year, and it opened as the home of the Braves in April 1997. During their time in Turner, the Braves have been one of the more dominant franchises in Major League Baseball; and Turner Field has hosted National League Division Series (NLDS) seven times, and the National League Championship Series (NLCS) four times.
There have been several cosmetic upgrades that have been made to Turner Field since it opened — a new video board, LED side boards, and a newer Coca-Cola bottle in left field — but there have been no major overhauls to the stadium since its conversion during the fall-winter-spring of 1996-97.