Never again will we get to see Chipper or Andruw Jones launch one into the cheap seats of Turner Field. For a couple of reasons, chief among them is that neither is playing professional baseball anymore, but even if they were, they’d have to do their long-balling elsewhere.
Turner Field is no longer the home of the Atlanta Braves.
Construction is currently underway to retrofit the baseball park into the home of the Georgia State football program. The outfield walls have been knocked down and sections of seats have been removed to make room for an end zone.
“The job that’s being done is incredible,” said Athletic Director Charlie Cobb, via NBC affiliate 11alive.com. “Each and every time I walk in, I see something new being done.”
While the Braves eagerly await opening day at their new ballpark, SunTrust Park, the Panthers are currently in phase one of renovations that will be done to convert Turner Field into a mix-use sports complex.
The park was originally purchased for a sum of $22.8 million, part of a $300 million plan which is currently on time and on budget. Phase one is expected to be completed by August 31, and the stadium will be available for use during the 2017 football season.
Georgia State plans to highlight parts of the parks historic past, while attempting to make the stadium feel like the home of Georgia State. They hope to place reminders of its history throughout the stadium, namely its origins as a venue for the Olympics that were held in Atlanta in 1996.
Photo Credit: Render via Georgia State Athletics