Atlanta fulton county stadium

Atlanta fulton county stadium

Atlanta fulton county stadium

Atlanta's stadium is a home for both professional and amateur sports including the Braves, Falcons and the Atlanta United soccer team. Some features of the stadium include: 12,350 seats, 81 luxury suites, and 27,500 square feet of video boards. Atlanta's stadium is very large and covered, but also has 189 ramp entrances and sets of escalators.


Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, often referred to as Fulton County Stadium and originally named Atlanta Stadium, was a multi-purpose stadium in the southeastern United States, located in Atlanta. The stadium was home of the Atlanta Braves of the Major League Baseball and the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. It was built to attract an MLB team and in 1966 succeeded when the Milwaukee Braves relocated from Wisconsin.

en.wikipedia.org)During his 1961 campaign for mayor of Atlanta, Ivan Allen Jr. promised to build a sports facility to attract a Major League Baseball team. After winning office, Allen chose a 47-acre (19 ha) plot in the Washington–Rawson neighborhood for the building site, citing its proximity to the state capitol, downtown businesses, and major highways. Allen and The Atlanta Journal sports editor Furman Bisher attempted to persuade Charlie Finley, owner of the Kansas City Athletics, to move his team to Atlanta. Finley was receptive and began discussing stadium design plans with Allen. However, the deal ended in July 1963 when the American League did not approve the move. (Source:

The Falcons moved to the Georgia Dome in 1992, while the Braves had to wait until the Olympic Stadium from the 1996 Summer Olympics was transformed into Turner Field to move out at the beginning of the 1997 season. The stadium sat 60,606 for football and 52,007 for baseball. The baseball competition for the 1996 Summer Olympics was held at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium while the Braves were on a three-week road trip. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

On July 25, 1972, the stadium hosted the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Hank Aaron hit a home run during the game, and the National League won it, 4–3, in 10 innings. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

en.wikipedia.org)On April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron became baseball's all-time career home run leader by hitting his 715th home run off the Los Angeles Dodgers' Al Downing. (Source:

As was the case for every stadium that used this design concept, the fundamentally different sizes and shapes of baseball and football fields made it inadequate for both sports. In the baseball configuration, 70% of the seats were in foul territory. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

en.wikipedia.org)Due to the elevation of the Atlanta area (situated at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains), the stadium boasted the highest elevation in baseball when it opened, at 1,050 feet (320 m) above sea level. It retained this distinction for 27 seasons, until the expansion Colorado Rockies entered the National League in 1993. The high elevation and the Southern summer heat made it favorable to home run hitters, resulting in the nickname "The Launching Pad." (Source:

en.wikipedia.org)"Atlanta has long tradition of winning baseball teams". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. November 12, 1964. p. 19. (Source:

Harden, Julian (June 22, 2021). "Georgia State's new baseball stadium will pay homage to Hank Aaron". Georgia State Signal. Retrieved August 8, 2021. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

en.wikipedia.org)1992: Camp Municipal de Beisbol de Viladecans, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat Baseball Stadium (final) (Source:

en.wikipedia.org)2004: Hellinikon Olympic Baseball Centre (Source:

2008: Wukesong Baseball Field (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Defunct Major League Baseball venues (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

en.wikipedia.org)Baseball venues in Georgia (U.S. state) (Source:

Olympic baseball venues (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

In 1966, Atlanta was propelled into professional sports status with the arrival of the Braves from Milwaukee as they moved into Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. Although the city lacked a professional sports franchise, a new stadium was first discussed as early as the 1930s. Two decades later, in 1956 the first major proposal for a multi-purpose stadium was proposed. The American Football League sought to place a franchise in Atlanta and Charles Finely, owner of the Kansas City Athletics baseball team explored the idea of moving his team here if a new stadium was constructed. However, both the AFL and Finley were unhappy with the city’s slow pace constructing a stadium. In Milwaukee, William Bartholomay purchased the Milwaukee Braves in 1962 and began looking to move the team because of declining attendance at County Stadium. On March 5, 1964, the Milwaukee Braves announced they would move to Atlanta if a stadium was completed by 1966. Construction began immediately on April 15, 1964 and was named after its location, Atlanta Stadium (later renamed Atlanta Fulton County Stadium). It was one of the first cookie-cutter stadiums to be built and was multipurpose in order to accommodate both football and baseball. The stadium was completed by the 1965 baseball season, but the Braves did not move to Atlanta until the 1966 season. In 1965, Atlanta’s International League team, the Atlanta Crackers, played at the stadium. (Source: www.ballparksofbaseball.com)

The Braves and expansion Falcons shared the venue for 26 years, until the Falcons moved into the newly completed Georgia Dome in 1992. The Braves continued to play at the stadium for another five years, then moved into Turner Field in 1997, the converted Centennial Olympic Stadium built for the previous year's Summer Olympics, which hosted baseball events. Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium was demolished on August 2, 1997. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

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