What was once Turner Field and the home of the Atlanta Braves (and before that, Centennial Olympic Stadium for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics) has been quietly converted in less than a year into a state-of-the-art stadium for Georgia State University.
GSU Stadium hosts its first football games in the fall of 2017 when the GSU Panthers return for their 2017 season with six home games. After the football season, GSU baseball will be played at the same stadium.
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The refurbished venue features one of the largest stadium video boards in the country, a new turf field, a stunning blue and gray locker room, new grandstands in the former baseball stadium's outfield, and about 23,000 seats—less than half of what Turner Field had—with the option of adding another 10,000.
Braves fans will remember tailgating on the exact spot where Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run and Turner Field, which became a top tourist attraction and a piece of Atlanta history. From 1997, Turner Field was the home ballpark of Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves. It was named after Ted Turner, who owned the Braves when the stadium was acquired.
The 2016 season marked the end of the Atlanta Braves’ 18-year run at the city’s beloved baseball stadium, and the team has since moved to the new SunTrust Park.
GSU and developers say they also plan to overhaul the neighborhood around GSU Stadium as a vibrant commercial zone. Curbed reports that Georgia Avenue, "stretching from Summerhill to Grant Park, contains...low-rise early 20th-century commercial buildings that will be given a new lease on life," part of a broader plan to "create a new residential and business hub [with new retail and restaurants]...south of downtown, in the parking lots of the former home of the Braves."
Options for Taking Public Transit to GSU Stadium
You could drive your car to GSU Stadium, by why hassle with game-day traffic when you could be dreaming of the game (and after-game fun in the area's new restaurants and bars)? For that, there are three different public transit options, which are outlined below. So grab your peanuts, popcorn, and MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) ticket for a game day free of driving and parking.
Option 1: For fans who don’t mind walking, we recommend getting to GSU Stadium via MARTA’s Georgia State station. You’ll exit the station on Capital Avenue and walk south for about 1 mile. You’ll get to the stadium in about 20 minutes—in time for the game.
Option 2: As of mid-2017, nothing had been written about a shuttle to GSU Stadium. But, based on what was available for Turner Field, we surmise that a shuttle may be available for GSU Stadium; be sure to confirm with MARTA before you make any trip involving a shuttle. Here's how the shuttle could work: When you purchase a round-trip fare at a Breeze Ticketing Machine, look for a MARTA shuttle to GSU Stadium. As you did for Turner Field, you should find a complimentary shuttle to GSU Stadium by taking any MARTA rail route to the West End Station, where you walk to the North Bus loop area of the station.
You’d tap your MARTA ticket as you hop on the shuttle and arrive at GSU Stadium in about eight minutes. To return, you would hop back on the shuttle, which should drop you back at the North Bus Loop area at MARTA’s West End Station. Alternatively, there could be a shuttle from the Georgia State University station to GSU Stadium and back.
Option 3: If you want to get to GSU Stadium before the stadium shuttle begins operating, there are at least two MARTA bus routes that will take you close to GSU Stadium. Take MARTA to the Five Points Station, and hop on the 49 or 55 bus. Each route will drop you off within a minute’s walk of GSU Stadium.
Tips for Taking Marta to GSU Stadium
- You can purchase your MARTA ticket at any Breeze vending machine. The round-trip fare will cost you less than $10.
- Children under 6 years old ride MARTA free with any adult who has a valid ticket.
- Parking at any MARTA station is free for less than 24-hour durations.
- If there is, indeed, a shuttle, it will be complimentary when you transfer to the bus from any MARTA bus or rail station. There are no additional steps because the transfers are automatically loaded to your Breeze Card or ticket after you exit a station or enter a bus.
- For more information on a possible GSU Stadium shuttle, you can call MARTA at 404-848-5000. You can also view MARTA routes.
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