While we are waiting for everyone to get ready for the day, here is a run down of our schedule:-).
This morning we are going to visit Turner Field, the home of the Atlanta Braves and site of the 1996 Olympics:http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/
"After opening in 1997, the "Home of the Braves" has quickly become an Atlanta landmark and the benchmark for future baseball park design. Turner Field combines the nostalgia and the atmosphere of old-time baseball with state-of-the-art family entertainment unlike that of any other park.
Turner Field is unrivaled in its blend of technology and entertainment. At all times, fans are entertained and informed of Turner Field activities through superior sound systems, the BravesVision video board in center field, the PlazaVision board in the Fan Plaza and over 500 television monitors situated throughout Turner Field. The BravesVision video board is 29 feet by 38 feet, weighs over 21 tons and features over 331,000 fluorescent light bulbs. The PlazaVision board is 17 feet by 22 feet. These two huge boards make Turner Field unique among all sports facilities as two completely different shows can be produced - one for the seating bowl and one for the Plaza. Inside the ballpark, fans are prompted to do the tomahawk chop by the 27-foot long "chopping" neon tomahawk located atop the video board, and are kept informed of the latest scores around the leagues by the out-of-town scoreboard.
Turner Field Vitals
Grand Opening: April 4, 1997... Braves defeat Cubs, 5-4.
Location: Between Ralph David Abernathy on the north, Hank Aaron Drive on the east, Bill Lucas Drive on the south and Pollard Boulevard on the west. It's near the junction of I-75-85 and I-20.
Seating: Three levels supported by four concourses. A cross-aisle walkway divides the lower concourse. Field-level and dugout seats are below the cross-aisle, the terrace level above it. The second level, the Lexus Level, includes 58 private suites, three party suites and the 755 Club, the ballpark's private membership club. The third, or upper, level does not go all around the park, providing the fans there with a view of the downtown Atlanta skyline.
Playing Field: Prescription Athletic Turf, featuring a state-of-the-art mechanical drainage system and hybrid Bermuda grass. The turf for the playing field is grown in an area below the scoreboard beyond the center-field wall.
Parking: 8,500 official spaces. The lot on the site of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium contains an outline of the playing field, including markers for home plate, the bases and the location of Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th home run.
Disabled Seating: The entire ballpark is wheelchair-accessible and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. More than one percent of the total seating capacity is allocated for disabled seating.
Ballpark Firsts: First pitch by Denny Neagle at 7:47 p.m.... The Cubs' Brian McRae was the first batter... Kenny Lofton was the first Braves' batter... First hit was by Chipper Jones... Michael Tucker had the first home run... Chipper Jones had the first stolen base... Brad Clontz secured the first victory and Mark Wohlers recorded the first save.... First error was by Fred McGriff.
Home of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games: Olympic Stadium, built just south of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, was retrofitted into a baseball-only, open-air, natural grass facility between September 1996 and April 1997. Grand Entry Plaza, the main entrance to Turner Field, was built after 35,000 seats and part of the track-and-field complex of the Olympic Stadium were removed. AFC Stadium was imploded in August of 1997 and the site is now a parking lot."
and the Centennial Olympic Park (you can see the big Olympic Torch as we drive by on the Interstate):http://www.centennialpark.com/p_abou..._the_park.html
then we will head over to the Coca Cola Museum:www.woccatlanta.com
and of course, no visit to Atlanta would be complete without a tour of CNN and Turner broadcasting studios:http://www.turner.com/about/index.html
"One of the most widely known things about Atlanta is that it is the home of CNN. It's story is somewhat interesting. Back in the mid 1970's Ted Turner bought a small, struggling TV station. It was so bad that it would periodically just go off the air. What made it a success was old movies and the Atlanta Braves. Now the Turner group includes CNN, CNN Headline, CNN Espanol, TNT, Turner Classic Movies, The Cartoon Network and Turner South. The tour covers some of this and shows some of the studios including the special effects one where the blue background is used, particularly for weather maps. The photo shows a demonstration room with 30+ monitors. The actual news center has 100 monitors. It is an interesting place to visit. The tours run daily from 9:00 to 17:00, last about 45 minutes and depart every 10 minutes."
We will then have lunch at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and a chance to enjoy some of the beautiful Spring blossoms:-)www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org