Spring in Atlanta is signified by the start of our home team: the Atlanta Braves' opening game. It's lovely to spend an afternoon or evening under the stars at Turner Field watching the Braves play. In fact, it's one of the top destinations for visitors to the city during the spring and summer.
Baseball at Turner Field — Photo courtesy of Atlanta Restaurant Blog
Turner Field ,located in Downtown Atlanta, opened in 1996. It was originally built for the Olympics as Centennial Olympic Stadium, but was later converted to a baseball stadium. It’s address, 755, pays homage to baseball great Hank Aaron as 755 was his number. The stadium seats nearly 50,000 people.
Baseball games are fun for families and groups of friends. No matter what the crowd, most are a friendly bunch, even to rival teams. Even if you're not into sports, Turner Field provides terrific people-watching. Of course, there are also stunning views of all the action going on below. In fact, the stadium is set up that there's really not a bad seat in the house.
Make sure to dress for hot weather. Even in the early spring when temperatures are in the low eighties, the stadium can get rather warm. Shorts and t-shirts are your best option, even if you are attending an evening game.
Braves fans take in a game — Photo courtesy of Atlanta Restaurant Blog
If heading out to the game on a weekday, make sure to take public transit as traffic can be awfully bad on game days. While you are waiting for the game to start, there are some activities to keep little ones entertained like batting cages and such. Vendors are also helpful and friendly. If you enjoy tailgating, get there early to do so. And as an added bonus, many of the Friday night games end with a fireworks display. Want to make a special occasion out of it? Rent out the 755 Club. They have VIP tours as well.
After an afternoon or an evening of cheering on the team, fans who have worked up an appetite are in need of some dinner. There are many nearby establishments to visit to quench your thirst and hunger. Some of the top picks for restaurants to visit after a baseball game are Bottle Rocket, No Mas and Six Feet Under. For sushi and reasonably priced cocktails, hit up Bottle Rocket. No Mas, located next door, serves up Mexican fare in a beautiful decor. Six Feet Under, a moderately priced seafood restaurant, overlooks a cemetery, hence the name.