Atlanta Braves at Turner Field

Used for the opening and closing ceremony of 1996 Olympics, Turner Field was converted into a baseball stadium for the Braves in 1997. It is one of only two MLB stadiums (the other, Dodger Stadium, was used solely for baseball in 1984) to house Olympic events. 

The stadium the Braves played in until 1996, County Stadium, stood adjacent to Turner Field. It's now a parking lot, save for one remnant from the old County Stadium: the segment of the left-centerfield wall that Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th home run cleared. The wall surely remains preserved both as an homage to Henry Aaron's achievements and legacy and to highlight the impact his record had on American culture in the era of the 1970s.

While exploring the stadium, I met two people who were in the stands on the night Aaron broke the career home run record. One, Jere, was an infant on April 8, 1974. According to her parents, two amazing things happened that night: Aaron hit his record-breaking homer and she walked for the first time. Usher Walter Banks, who has worked for the Braves for 49 years, was working as an usher that night. He cites Aaron's homer as one of the defining moments of his career as a Braves usher. Photos of both Jere and Walter are below.

Final Score: Braves 8, Phillies 2.

 

The Hank Aaron entrance of Turner Field.

The Hank Aaron entrance of Turner Field.

Phillies fans sit before the game. 

Phillies fans sit before the game. 

Jordan, right, and Peyton, second to the right, play with a Stomp Rocket in the Braves parking lot. 

Jordan, right, and Peyton, second to the right, play with a Stomp Rocket in the Braves parking lot. 

Robert has missed only 14 games at Turner Field since 1994. He wears indian garb to all the games and uses Atlanta's public transportation system to get to games. He's unsure of how he'll get to games at the new Braves stadium because of the lack of public transportation.  

Robert has missed only 14 games at Turner Field since 1994. He wears indian garb to all the games and uses Atlanta's public transportation system to get to games. He's unsure of how he'll get to games at the new Braves stadium because of the lack of public transportation.

 

The section of the fence from the Braves' old stadium where Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run to surpass Babe Ruth for most career home runs still stands next door to Turner Field.

The section of the fence from the Braves' old stadium where Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run to surpass Babe Ruth for most career home runs still stands next door to Turner Field.

Jere, left and Tsui Mei, right, took 6-month-old Jax to his first game. 

Jere, left and Tsui Mei, right, took 6-month-old Jax to his first game. 

David has been an usher for 16 years. He works in Aisle 116. He collects pins, including those from the U.S. Armed Services, and displays them on his uniform. He served in the Army, his brother served in the Navy and his son is a Marine. 

David has been an usher for 16 years. He works in Aisle 116. He collects pins, including those from the U.S. Armed Services, and displays them on his uniform. He served in the Army, his brother served in the Navy and his son is a Marine. 

Till has been a beer vendor for five years. 

Till has been a beer vendor for five years. 

Brothers Luke, 3, Jack, 6, and Will, 8, share a bowl of ice cream. 

Brothers Luke, 3, Jack, 6, and Will, 8, share a bowl of ice cream. 

Members of the ground crew move water off the tarp during a rain delay. 

Members of the ground crew move water off the tarp during a rain delay. 

Brothers B.J. and Justin Upton play catch in the outfield. They are currently the only brothers playing on the same team in M.L.B. Before playing for the Braves, they had never played on the same team. 

Brothers B.J. and Justin Upton play catch in the outfield. They are currently the only brothers playing on the same team in M.L.B. Before playing for the Braves, they had never played on the same team. 

Walter Banks has been an usher for the Braves for 49 years. "Gas is what keeps your car moving and great fans are what keep me moving," he said. The first game he worked was on April 12, 1966. Baseball "brings people together," he said. "All races, all classes, all salaries."

Walter Banks has been an usher for the Braves for 49 years. "Gas is what keeps your car moving and great fans are what keep me moving," he said. The first game he worked was on April 12, 1966. Baseball "brings people together," he said. "All races, all classes, all salaries."

A Phillies bullpen catcher moves chairs out of the rain. 

A Phillies bullpen catcher moves chairs out of the rain.