Turner Field morphs into Georgia State Stadium

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The downtown Atlanta facility opened in 1996 for the Summer Olympic Games, and the Atlanta Braves played their home games at Turner Field starting in 1997. With the Braves moving north to SunTrust Park in Cobb County, the 21-year-old stadium will now play host to college football.

The first phase of retrofitting Turner Field into Parker H. Petit Field at Georgia State Stadium is nearly complete. The $26 million segment of construction is scheduled to wrap in August, and play host to a scrimmage/Fan Fest and high school showcase before the Georgia State Panthers season opener against Tennessee State. Phase I includes renovations to the stadium’s suite level and press box, as well as installation of a new FieldTurf playing surface.

Phase II of the retrofit, expected to cost $6 million to $8 million, will make it possible for Georgia State Stadium to host a variety of different events, such as soccer, lacrosse, and concerts.

The updated capacity of the venue is 25,000. Although seating can be expanded up to 35,000 for football and 42,000 for concerts.

 

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