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Turner Field

Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (1966-96)

  • The Braves first regular-season game at Atlanta Stadium was played April 12, 1966, against Pittsburgh. A sellout crowd saw the Braves lose 3-2 in 13 innings.
  • Felipe Alou was the first Brave to bat at Atlanta Stadium, and his son Moises Alou of Montreal was the last (regular season).
  • The 52,769-seat stadium was constructed in less than one year at a cost of approximately $18 million.
  • In September 1966, the National Football League's expansion Atlanta Falcons joined the Braves as tenants until they departed to the new Georgia Dome after the 1991 season.
  • Atlanta Stadium was commonly referred to as the "Launching Pad"
    as it had a reputation as a home run hitter's paradise.
  • A record crowd of 53,775 saw Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run on April 8, 1974, breaking Babe Ruth's longstanding record. Aaron also hit his 500th (July 14, 1968), 600th (April 27, 1971) and 700th (July 21, 1973) home runs at Atlanta Stadium.
  • Atlanta Stadium became Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in 1976 when Ted Turner bought the team.
  • Prior to the Colorado Rockies joining the league in 1993, Atlanta's altitude of 1,057 feet was the highest in the Majors.
  • Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium was host to one World Series title (1995), four pennants (1991, 1992, 1995, and 1996) and seven division championships (1969, 1982, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1996).
  • The last game played at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium was on October 24, 1996.
  • Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium was imploded August 2, 1997, and the site converted into a parking lot for Turner Field.