Athenian Grade: D
Pros of the ballpark:
sightlines, even the upper deck seats give you a good view of the
field. Guest relations people are top notch and really helpful if
you have a problem. The Braves have toned down some of the
minor-league aspects and put more focus on the game itself. Tickets
can usually be had for a very good price.
Cons of the ballpark:
Concession prices aren't the cheapest, but they aren't cheap at a
lot of stadiums these days. Parking is kind of a hassle, although
you can park in a special lot if you have a Delta rewards card.
Getting too and from the stadium is a pain for weekend games or big
series. The stadium is in a bad location away from public
transportation, which means there is heavy car traffic pre and post
Additional Comments: As a
lifelong Braves fan, it pains me to say this, but the Braves fans
can stink. I took my fiancée to a couple games against the Giants
last season (regular season and playoffs). She's a huge Giants fan
so she wore her gear. We kept to ourselves and she was low key
throughout the game, but that didn't stop Braves "fans" from
peppering her with cat calls, homophobic slurs, and demeaning
taunts. It made it impossible for us to enjoy the game. This
happened at four separate games and the results were the same in
each of the different sections we sat in. I love the Braves and I
can understand a little friendly smack talk, but cursing at someone
for wearing the other colors crosses a line and seems such a
departure from so-called "southern hospitality"
Submitted By: Braves Fan Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark:
Traditional Styling, Good Fan attendance (Depending how good the
Cons of the ballpark:
Being a baseball purist and seeing how I attend 20 games a season, I
have a few complaints. I can't stand how modern they are making the
stadium with the huge tv screen and ribbon screens on the facade.
But my biggest problem is that the main focus of the stadium is not
baseball, it is family fun. This annoys me because, you walk into
the stadium and the first thing you see is Tooner Field along with
numerous annoying Cartoon Network characters (I guess that's what
you get when Turner Broadcasting is one of your major sponsors). I
also really wish a MARTA train came to the stadium like most
ballparks. Another thing that extremely annoys me is how everything
is trying to become more luxurious. In the lower level, people serve
you your hotdog and in the Golden Moon Casino level, they have fine
cuisine. And finally, it is too neutral of a ballpark; when the PA
announcer greets the fans he says "Hello Baseball Fans"... for
years, I've been hoping that one day he'll say "Hello Braves Fans"
:( All these things add to the demolition of the baseball
Additional Comments: I guess
all the additional things that I hate are there to accommodate the
fair weather fans...
Submitted By: Will Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark: Tons
to do at this park, even if you don't like baseball, you can find
something that will interest you. Lots of things for kids, cartoon
network even has its own little area here. Cheap Tickets, easily
accessible, just a good overall atmosphere.
Cons of the ballpark: The
parks location isn't in the best of neighborhoods and there aren't
any restaurants near the Stadium, so if you get hungry, you better
take out a small loan to pay for it. The ballpark is located right
off interstate 75, but they block off the exits to get on and off
near the stadium after the game, so you have to snake your way
through south Atlanta's sketchy neighborhoods at night to find
another way to get on. This is quite a hassle, to say the least.
Additional Comments: As a
lifelong Georgia resident, one of the things I've noticed about the
Braves (now don't get me wrong because I've been a fan since I was a
boy) is they only have a real big following if they are winning. God
forbid they have a rough season, then you couldn't give away tickets
to their games. Generally, during a rough season, you can get
extremely good seats and typically won't have a whole lot of people
around you either, so you can just kick back and watch some
Submitted By: Chris Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark: Turner Field is a great place to see a
ballgame. I've been there a good 20 times, at least, going back to
1997 when it opened for baseball (hosted '96 Olympics). Every year
there is a new addition to the stadium. They added a new display
screen beyond the center field fence two years ago along with the
modern video/display ribbon along the facade of the upper deck. The
playing surface is ALWAYS in top of the line condition. There is not
a bad seat in the stadium (like all new stadiums). Although seats
down the 1st & third base lines are great, my favorite seat is in
the outfield pavilion. The round, symmetrical outfield configuration
(which is VERY rare in the newer stadiums) allows you to be facing
the batter. Also, there are great restaurants behind the pavilion
seating. The Chop House in right center field is a fan favorite
hangout spot. You can enjoy a beer and a burger while overlooking
the field from the balcony. The concession food is great and there
are plenty of restrooms. The fans are very friendly and creative.
Ex: When Gary Sheffield played for ATL, his fanclub would dress up
like Chefs. For catcher McCann, they would drees in soda cans. For
Jeff Francour, they'd dress like Franks hot dogs... and my favorite,
for outfielder Langerhans, they dress up like big hands. The fans
embrace the players very nicely. The Braves consistently have a
competing ball club which is all the more reason to watch a game at
Cons of the ballpark: Turner Field has gotten out of hand by
letting Looney Toons take over the stadium. I've NEVER EVER been a
fan of unnecessary fan fare like that. It takes away from the reason
people come to the park, "BASEBALL"!! If anyone can tell me how
Daffy Duck and baseball are related let me know please. This is no
biggie, but the stadium has an irrelevant color scheme. The pennants
beyond the left field pavilion seating are blue, red, and yellow. It
reminds me of a McDonalds playground. Also there is no outfield
lighting which gives the outfielders a difficult time with fly
Additional Comments: The best Braves games to go to is when
they play the Mets, it's become a very heated rivalry.
Submitted By: Ben Stephenson Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark:
host MLB baseball the RIGHT way in Atlanta! Beutiful exterior,
plenty of parking. Cheap tickets! Great views from any seat. Its
larger than the more recent retro ballparks which is good. Braves
cheerleaders are kinda cool. They have a really cool Coke a cola
section in the left field corner of the upper deck with a view that
makes it seem like your watching the game from a mountain cliff.
Wide concourses with plenty of amenities. The ushers are not so
strict, so you can sneak down to field level seats that are not
taken. whether you are a fan of the Bravo's or an opposing enemy,
you can't help but get into the groove of "the chop".
Cons of the ballpark:
food and beverage prices are extremely expensive. I paid less for my
ticket than the hot dog and soda I bought during the game! Also No
escalators, so if your in the upper deck be prepared to climb some
flights of stairs. and lastly there is too much Disney land-type
kids stuff out in the plaza behind the center field score board.
-But that's just me.
Additional Comments: The
southern hospitality and feel of MLB dixie style ball is what you
get at Turner. They really got it right when they built this thing.
Submitted By: Justin Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark: Turner Field is very modern. It
accommodates to the fans and the people are very friendly. I am a
diehard Braves fan and was thoroughly delighted by Turner Field. The
lighting and sound system are incredible. The new HD video board in
center field is awesome. You get chills when you walk up to the
stadium at the main entrance (atleast I did). I would have to say
that all of the seats in the stadium are good seats once the sun
goes down. I live in Ohio and was just in Atlanta to see the Braves,
and I have to say that the Turner Field crowd was very enjoyable to
be around. I also like the giant coke bottle in left field that is
made out of baseball equipment. Fireworks shoot out of it when a
Braves player hits a home run, what a great feature!!
Cons of the ballpark: The only problem I had was with the
prices, but I guess I should expect that at a baseball game.
Additional Comments: Turner Field is a great ballpark to
watch a game. It is also enjoyable for many other things.
Submitted By: DF Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark: Service particularly for the
Handicapped was excellent. Great areas for wheelchairs as well and
the views from the regular seats were un-obscured. Also great areas
to peek in at the bullpens warming up. The shop was nice and the
concessions were nice as well. Most of all however the service was
Cons of the ballpark: Parking was a bit of a problem
especially handicapped accessible. Was somewhat loud when the
mascots were dancing around before the game but reasonable. Coming
from Fenway, I would've liked to see more vendors in the stands as
well.. Good experience though.
Additional Comments: None.
Submitted By: LeakyPickle Grade: B
Pros of the ballpark: Turner Field was one of the first parks
built in the effort for cozier parks with a retro feel. You can
tell a lot of effort went into making it a fun place to go see a
ball game. The entire atmosphere is very spirited. There are
plenty of concession and gift shop accommodations. The seating is
comfortable and I couldn't spot any areas that may have an
Cons of the ballpark: While there seems to be lots of
activity, sound effects, and visuals, the baseball game almost seems
secondary at Turner Field. The main concourse is like a
circus...complete with stilt-walkers and jugglers. This park, along
with a few others, have gone with automated isle vendors (vendors
take your order, then have your food/drinks delivered). It may be a
bit more convenient, but it truly takes away from the feel of the
classic baseball game. I want to hear a vendor yelling "Cold beer
here!" It's all part of the charm.
Additional Comments: Turner field is fun with a pleasant
atmosphere. For those who don't care much for baseball or demand
constant audio/visual stimulation...this is the place for you.
Having a team that performs consistently well certainly helps too.
Submitted By: Joe Sorrentino Grade: B
Pros of the ballpark: The concourse is the best seat in house
where you can watch the game while getting a hot dog. Why sit in
the upper deck when you see stand in the concourse right behind home
plate twenty rows back. Also, the outfield entrance is spacious and
with lots of music and entertainment.
Cons of the ballpark: Don't sit in the right field upper deck
near the foul pole since the setting sun stares you directly in the
eyes for a third of any night game.
Additional Comments: It's your average old fashion retro
Submitted By: T.S. Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark: This was the first "newer" ballpark I
had been to. It is a really nice ballpark to visit. The big screen
is a nice luxury to have. It makes the time in between innings a
little fun, especially for the kids. The food is great and so are
the games located on the concourse for the kids. Overall, I really
love the park, I go back to see at least one game every summer.
Cons of the ballpark: Not really too many cons associated
with this park. The only concern is the fact that it is located
right next to the ghetto! The weather may be another factor. In
late July and August it is HOT! They don' call it HotLanta for
Additional Comments: I really like Turner Field and I love
the Braves, but I am a die hard Cubs fan through and through. I
really hate it when these two teams have to play against each
other. But definitely Turner Field is one of the best ballpark
experiences I have had.
Submitted By: Brett Davis Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark: The entrance of the stadium brought me
back to the ball parks of the past. Walking around the entire
stadium with my friend reminded me of stories I once heard about
past stadiums. The anticipation of waiting to enter Turner Field
grows as you get closer to the giant baseball. You walk down the
street and the sight of this great ball is "pulling" you in to the
park itself. The workers and ground crew members are friendly
beyond expectation. The sights within the stadium are also
breathtaking. The huge Coca-Cola park in the upper deck of left
field is an awesome part of this park to experience. (The view of
the Atlanta Skyline from there is also amazing). The seats are
comfortable, and there is not a bad seat in the house. The field
itself is also beautiful. The grass is groomed very well and even
the warning track is close to perfection. But all in all this is
obviously the baseball team of the south. There is an atmosphere of
baseball when you visit Atlanta. And now that atmosphere is greater
due to the addition of Turner Field.
Cons of the ballpark: Turner Field, being in Atlanta.. THE
SOUTH.. Is a very hot place to be in the summer time.. I can
remember a rather bad sun-burn from this experience.
Additional Comments: Watch for Foul Balls
Submitted By: Michael Pratter Grade: B
Pros of the ballpark = The atmosphere, as a whole, was very
good for baseball. We sat in the second level of the field seats,
first base side, and the view was terrific. The fans around us were
courteous, as were the stadium staffers. Late in the game, we move
to the right field seats, out of curiosity, and found them, at dark,
to be terrific. During dusk, they could be a problem for viewing
from, but overall, a very nice facility!
Cons of the ballpark: The neighborhood Turner Field is
located in leaves a lot to be desired. Lower income housing, and not
well lit just a short distance from the stadium, it makes getting to
the park during day light a must. Parking area leave something to be
Additional Comments: For concessions, the prices were as
expected, medium to high. However, the grille in the centerfield
area was fabulous, food quality wise, especially the brat! Overall,
you should enjoy a visit to Turner field!
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