My Travels – MLB Stadiums: Turner Field, Atlanta Braves (May 28, 2012)

This past weekend Kara and I headed down to Atlanta to see the sights of Turner Field. I’ll be honest, after taking in a game at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on Friday, I was kinda ready for an upgrade in baseball scenery. The good thing is that Turner Field didn’t disappoint at all.

It was Memorial Day and the pregame ceremonies were exceptional. The Braves organization did an outstanding job of remembering our fallen troops and honoring our veterans. There was a massive American flag for the national anthem, recognition of veterans from all the branches, a moment of silence, and the always appreciated military fly-over.

One of my favorite parts of Turner Field was the giant drum in center field. When the chop gets going, the Braves chant starts growing, and the bass drum gets booming, Turner Field can get pretty eerie. As far as game day environments go, it’s a pretty sweet experience.

We found great parking west of the northwest gate of the stadium. A little sketchy in the neighborhood but it was just fine in broad daylight. There’s a bunch of parking just north of the field for $15 if you’d rather stick closer. We parked in the parking lot of Calvary Temple Baptist Church for $5, which went towards helping them build their new building. Sounds like a win-win.

When it comes to food, do yourself a favor: don’t eat before you arrive. It’s worth the extra money to get some great Southern cooking around the ballpark. They even have the favorite fast food of Churchland, Chick-fil-A, on the first level. Also, spend the extra $2 a person to take a walk through the Braves Museum on the first level. The Braves have a rich and long history that includes members like Babe Ruth, Roger Hornsby, Connie Mack, home run king Hank Aaron, and all of the more modern day legends.

Turner Field ranks right up there as one of my favorite MLB ballpark experiences so far. Nine down, twenty-one to go!

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