The news that the Atlanta Braves were going to build a new stadium in suburban Cobb County came as a shock Monday morning. The Braves have played in Turner Field, built for the 1996 Olympics, since 1997, and will leave it after the 2016 season.
Turner Field is located near downtown Atlanta and was built next to the site of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, where the Braves played for their first 30 years in Atlanta.
In a video message to fans, Braves president John Schuerholz said that Turner Field, which the team doesn’t own is in need of massive repairs.
The Orioles have played at Camden Yards since 1992, and this will be the first ballpark from that era to be abandoned. Of course, the Rays have long sought an upgrade from Tropicana Field, where they’ve played since 1998.
Oriole Park is now older than more than two-thirds of the major’s current ballparks, but still seems both contemporary and traditional.
Because it’s downtown, people can easily walk and use mass transit. That’s not necessarily the case in Atlanta.
Turner Field is relatively charmless. There’s nothing special about it, but it’s sad that a ballpark becomes outdated after just 20 years.
Thankfully, Oriole Park was planned with the future in mind, and its occasional refurbishment has added to its charm.