Today’s Around Atlanta edition of The Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio Show features Carolyn Sierra, director of the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame and Turner Field Tours. Carolyn joins our hosts, Bryan Nonni and Todd Schnick, to discuss the history of The Atlanta Braves and fan attractions available at Turner Field that give us all a unique look into America’s favorite pastime.
Many baseball fans may not know that The Atlanta Braves are the oldest continually operating franchise in the Major Leagues. The team originated in Boston in 1871 and moved to Milwaukee for several years before moving to Atlanta in 1966. In an effort to create awareness of the history, talent and longevity behind the team, the Braves Museum was created and opened in 1997. Here, fans can see more than 700 artifacts and pieces of Braves memorabilia. This year, the team celebrated its 50th anniversary in Atlanta and the museum created a special exhibit that focuses on each decade that the team has been part of the city.
The Braves Hall of Fame honors individuals in the baseball industry that have made an impactful contribution to the Braves organization. Notable members include Ted Turner, Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, Hank Aaron and older players such as Kid Nichols, Herman Long and Lew Burdette. The Hall of Fame just inducted its 28th member, former L.A. Dodgers Pitcher and announcer, Don Sutton. Carolyn anticipates there will be more than 30 members by the time the team moves to its new ballpark.
With the move, there won’t be a physical museum any longer; however, all of the exhibits and memorabilia will be displayed throughout the ballpark so that the history of the Braves organization can continue to be recognized.
In addition to touring the Braves museum and Hall of Fame, fans can also take a Turner Field Tour to get an up close and personal view of the inner workings of the famous baseball park. Carolyn explains, “We take visitors to the locker room, the press box, the broadcast booth, and they get to learn a little about the Olympic history.” The tour is a guided one-hour walk throughout the park that Braves fans won’t soon forget. Some of the most popular features of Turner Field are the Chick-fil-A “Chopping Cow,” the giant Coca-Cola bottle and the 755 Club. In addition, the views of downtown Atlanta from Turner Field are stunning. Visitors can see notable Atlanta buildings from the park, including the Georgia State Capitol, Mercedes-Benz Stadium (the new home of the Atlanta Falcons) and much more.
Turner Field tours also offers alternative tours for schoolchildren. A Math tour integrates activities requiring math skills along the tour route. For high school students, the Careers in Sports tour gives curious students an idea of the different careers available in Major League Baseball including Special Events, Ticket Operations and Sales, Media Relations, Public Relations and more.
To learn more about The Atlanta Braves Museum and Turner Field Tours, visit www.Braves.com/Tours or call Carolyn at 404-614-2310.
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