Posted: Tuesday September 12, 2006 10:55AM; Updated: Tuesday September 12, 2006 12:17PM
Atlanta, Ga. :: Opened: 1997 :: Capacity: 50,096
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Average Ticket Price: $17.07
Average Cost of Concessions and Souvenirs: $78.00
How expensive is stadium parking? FREE: 3% $5-$10: 29% $10-$15: 57% $15-$20: 7% More than $20: 1%
Is public transportation a viable option? Never: 15% Worth it if you have a lot of time and patience: 43% A good option to avoid rush hour: 13% Pretty easy if you know the system well: 23% The only way to go: 4%
How would you rate traffic getting to and from the game? To the game: A slow-moving parking lot:16% Slow, but usually steady: 28% Moves well outside of rush hour: 29% Aside from the occasional bottleneck, it's good:19% A smooth ride at all times: 6%
From the game: A slow-moving parking lot: 22% Slow, but usually steady: 43% Moves well outside of rush hour: 14% Aside from the occasional bottleneck, it's good:17% A smooth ride at all times: 2%
How would you rate the number of restrooms for men and women? Bring a map: 1% It depends on the section: 5% Never more than a short walk away: 24% A satisfactory amount: 24% Plenty: 34%
How long is the wait to use a bathroom? Always available: 66% 1-5 minutes: 31% 5-10 minutes: 1% More than 10 minutes: 1%
How would you rate the variety of food/beer concession options? Limp hot dogs, bland peanuts, even blander beer: 5% Nothing fancy, but the staple foods are tasty: 8% A little variety of food and drinks available at specific locations: 22% A nice variety but locations are spread out: 36% You name it, they have it around almost every corner: 27%
How much will a meal at the ballpark cost you? $5-$10: 14% $10-$20: 66% $20-$30: 14% $30-$40: 3% More than $40: 1%
How would you rate the entertainment options aside from the game? Nonexistent: 1% So many games/promotions and scoreboard highlights that the game is lost in the background: 6% Typical mascot antics/scoreboard quizzes and fun music: 20% Some unique promotions/antics, but it sometimes distracts From the game: 16% A nice balance that draws your attention when the game is stopped but doesn't distract from the action on the field: 54%
"The lonely red flag trumpeting the one World Series won (1995) against a sea of yellow division flags is definitely depressing." As for the park, emotions are mixed. For some, "there is really not a bad seat in the house," and the new HDTV scoreboard, one of the largest in the world, is "obviously cool." Also, the kids' area behind the outfield walls, the Coca-Cola Sky Field, does "a great job of appealing to families." On the other hand, "everything is copied from other ballparks" and the seats are "a bit too small." In addition, the cost of concessions is "depressing." No one seems distraught at the idea of hanging at the patio bar at the Chophouse restaurant and catching batting practice or the game. The Braves Hall of Fame is also something "everyone should check out." This being Atlanta, though, the fans come as advertised: "Most have no interest in watching the game and would rather participate in 'the wave' while the Braves are batting down one run than actually support the team." "It's more like being at Disneyland than at a ball game."
"The stadium is surrounded by liquor stores, abandoned buildings and a less-than-desirable neighborhood to the south." In other words, "drive somewhere!" Olympic Park, the Aquarium and the Coca-Cola Museum are within a 10- to 15-minute drive. "Go to Buckhead," say some; "don't," say others, who decry that the area filled with bars and restaurants has become "trashy."
2006 record: 69-73 (all statistics through Sept. 10) Players worth the price of admission: Andruw Jones (.261 Avg., 33 HRs, 108 RBIs), Jeff Francoeur (.262 Avg., 24 HRs, 95 RBIs), John Smoltz (12-8, 3.63 ERA, 183 Ks)
Do you ever get the sense that Atlantans have a love-hate relationship with the city? The team won pennant after pennant and yet tickets for playoff games were readily available. The city becomes a boomtown but syrup-thick traffic makes getting around town harder than ever. Turner Field offers pleasant surroundings, activities for kids and good baseball, but there's nothing in the immediate vicinity to stick around for. In a lot of ways, the park is like the Braves teams that have played there: generally a winner but lacking that certain championship quality.