Sunday night marked the end of an era for the City of Atlanta: The last pitch was hurled at Turner Field, fans chopped one final time, and Braves icon Hank Aaron helped dig out home plate and deliver it in a pimped-out minibus to Cobb County’s SunTrust Park, which he declared officially open for baseball.
Maybe the franchise’s suburban shift will be a win-win. Maybe Georgia State University will transform The Ted and its seas of parking lots into the dynamic mixed-use utopia planners have envisioned. Maybe traffic and parking concerns in Cobb have been overblown.
It’s nonetheless a little surreal to know that Major League Baseball in intown Atlanta is now officially a thing of the past — after 50 years.
The Braves’ final game at Turner Field (a win!) provided an opportunity for this latest installment of Visual Journeys. After 20 years of baseball magic, heartbreak, and brouhaha, the facility remains a rather beautiful place — one that will hopefully find a noble and more constantly useful purpose in the future.
- Turner Field Area In Pictures: Doomed Or Poised For Growth? [Curbed Atlanta; 2013]