Turner Field is a baseball stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The stadium was originally constructed as the 85,000-seat Centennial Olympic Stadium
and used for the Centennial 1996 Summer Olympics. Immediately after the 1996 Summer Paralympics, which followed the Olympics, much of
the north end of stadium was removed in order to convert it to its permanent use as a 45,000-seat baseball park. The stadium has hosted the
Atlanta Braves since 1997, following a multimillion-dollar renovation to retrofit the stadium for baseball by removing the temporary stands that
had made up nearly half the stadium and building the outfield stands and other attractions behind them. It was the site of the 2000 MLB All-Star
Turner Field, also known as The Ted, was named after the then owner, Ted Turner. The stadium was a $200 million "gift" from the Atlanta
Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG), paid for by revenue from the Olympics. Some questioned the huge gift to the Braves, as well as
the wisdom of demolishing nearly half of the stadium, making it useless for other world-class track and field and other large events.
The stadium was built across the street from the former home of the Braves, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, which was demolished in the
summer of 1997. From 2002 to 2004, the failed Fanplex entertainment center was located adjacent to the park's parking lot. The stadium
contains 59 luxury suites and three party suites.
Because of the need to fit a track within the stadium in its earlier incarnation, the field of play, particularly foul territory, while not large by
historical standards, is still larger than most new MLB stadiums.
Since 2003, the NCAA Division I college baseball teams of Georgia Tech and Georgia, which had previously played two games on each
school's campus, replaced one of the home and home pairs in favor of a third game at Turner Field. This rivalry game at Turner Field is one of
the most attended games in college baseball, with the 2004 game drawing 28,836 -- larger than the College World Series games. There is
some speculation in college baseball that the Southeastern Conference is considering conducting their baseball tournament at Turner Field to
reflect the large crowds.
Significant renovations to the stadium were put into place for the 2005 season. Among the improvements was installation of a $10 million video
display, which was at the time listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest high definition video board. Since then,
other stadiums including Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Florida, Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, and a horse track in
Toyko have installed larger boards. A 1080 foot long LED was also added to the upper deck for displaying primarily advertisements.