Turner Field: Atlanta, Georgia

Although we've only been together for a short 2.5 years, Casey and I have a true passion for baseball. As a young boy Casey grew up a Cubs fans (unfortunately, just kidding) as his family infiltrated him with a true level of sportsmanship and entertainment.

Meanwhile in Southern Illinois, despite my brother's eclectic attire seen in this picture, we were born and raised in "baseball heaven" as St. Louis Cardinals fans. Either way, Casey and I can come together with a mutual respect and appreciation for America's Pasttime. One of our lofty but obtainable goals is to cross off all thirty Major League Baseball Parks. Our rules state that a ballpark can only be "crossed off" if we attend during a game...stadium tours do not count.

In just a few years we've taken our passion to the field by visiting as many ballparks as we can, hence number 9 on the list--Turner Field. Although no relation, I like to joke that we're visiting "Uncle Bobby's stomping grounds" to check out his Atlanta turf. We both agree that this is at least in our top five (not saying much) as we've only visited the following MLB ballparks: 1. Busch Stadium, 2. Wrigley Field, 3. US Cellular Field (Comiskey), 4. Miller Park, 5. Coors Field, 6. Chase Field, 7. SafeCo Field, 8. Ballpark in Arlington and 9. Turner Field. 

Atlanta's ballpark is young for its age, offers plenty of parking (especially for Delta frequent fliers) and not to mention has killer BBQ beef brisket nachos (a requirement of ours). I would say Busch Stadium, Wrigley Field, SafeCo Field and Coors Field are more fun and beneficial due to their environment as these stadiums are situated in the heart of their cities whereas US Cellular Field, Miller Park, Chase Field, Turner Field and the Ballpark in Arlington are all on the outskirts of the city to ensure more parking but less of an exciting atmosphere pre and post-game.

However, I will say that it's pretty sweet that the MARTA runs a free shuttle to their local subway station near the stadium post-game (Five Points) which only took us about 45 minutes to get back on track to our hotel in Buckhead. In addition, both Casey and I got chills when we saw in person the "Tomahawk Chop" take place throughout the entire stadium. Seriously, I can't wait to go back just to see this hand-motion/chant take place once again by 40,000+ fans (stadium capacity: 50,096 fans).

I get goosebumps from sports from the fans. It's the one worldwide activity that can bring anyone from any language in any country together just to cheer on their team and/or country as a united front in their favorite sport. Turner Field definitely brings out that feeling as their fans do not disappoint (did we mention we went on a Monday vs. the Pirates) and we'd recommend visiting this stadium to anyone and everyone!

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