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Encyclopedia > Atlanta Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
The Launching Pad
Location Atlanta, Georgia
Opened April 12, 1966
Closed October 24, 1996
Capacity 52,013 (baseball)
62,000 (football)
Owned By City of Atlanta and Fulton County

Heery & Heery and Finch,
Alexander Barnes Rothschild & Paschal


330 ft.
385 ft.
402 ft.
385 ft.
330 ft.

Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium was a baseball and American football stadium that formerly stood in Atlanta, Georgia. Completed in 1966 for $18 million, both the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and the NL's Atlanta Braves moved in in 1966. The Falcons moved to the Georgia Dome in 1992, while the Braves had to wait until the Olympic Stadium from the 1996 Summer Olympics was renovated into Turner Field to move out at the beginning of the 1997 season. The stadium sat 60,700 for football and 52,013 for baseball.

The stadium was relatively non-descript, one of the many saucer-shaped multipurpose facilities built during the 1960s. The stadium was long known for the poor quality of the field of play - no one bothered to hire full-time groundskeepers until the early 1990s, instead relying on a city work crew. The relatively high elevation meant that the stadium was relatively favorable to long-ball hitters, giving rise to the nickname The Launching Pad. The stadium was refurbished for the 1996 season because it hosted the Olympic baseball competition. It probably looked better in many ways in its last season than it had in its first.

Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium was imploded on August 2, 1997. A parking lot for Turner Field now stands on the site, with a plaque in that lot marking the spot where Hank Aaron's historic 715th career home run, the most historic event ever to occur in the old park, landed in what was formerly the Braves bullpen.

External links

  • Maps and aerial photos
    • Street map from Mapquest (http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?latlongtype=decimal&latitude=33.73967278&longitude=-84.38963483&zoom=9)
    • Topographic map from Topozone (http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=33.73967278&lon=-84.38963483&s=24&size=m)
    • Aerial photograph from Microsoft Terraserver (http://terraserver.microsoft.com/map.aspx?t=4&s=8&lon=-84.38963483&lat=33.73967278&w=600&h=400)


Atlanta landmarks
Atlanta Botanical Garden | Atlanta Civic Center | Atlanta Cyclorama | Atlanta History Center | Atlanta Symphony Hall | Atlantic Station | Centennial Olympic Park | Chattahoochee River | CNN Center | Fernbank Science Center | Fox Theatre | Georgia Aquarium | Georgia Dome | Georgia Governor's Mansion | Georgia State Capitol | Georgia World Congress Center | Grant Park | Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport | High Museum of Art | Jimmy Carter Library and Museum | Margaret Mitchell House and Museum | Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site | Philips Arena | Piedmont Park | Stone Mountain | The Varsity | Turner Field | Underground Atlanta | Woodruff Arts Center | World of Coca-Cola | Zoo Atlanta
Former: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium | Loew's Grand Theatre | Omni Coliseum | SciTrek



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