Whenever I’m looking online to buy tickets for a baseball game, I always have a hard time visually translating the 2-dimensional overhead view seating map. (“Is that section in green at the back of the first deck or the front of the second deck?”) I always end up trying to search for pictures of the stadium to make sense of it.
In case anyone else has similar issues (maybe it’s just me) – I’m posting this. I just did a Turner Field stadium tour (which was great by the way), which gave me a good chance to take a lot of pictures.
Click here for the official Turner Field seating chart on Braves.com. I just discovered that if you click a section on this map – it shows a picture of the field taken from that section.
As you can see in the picture below (click the picture for a larger view), Turner Field basically has 3 levels. Sections numbered in the 100’s and 200’s are on the lowest level – 100’s below the walkway and 200’s above. This shot is taken from right behind a 200 level section. The 100 level seats are below the walkway and rails. If you look across the stadium – you can get a better sense of 100 vs. 200.
The sections numbered in the 300s are in the middle level, in front of the suites. Sections numbered in the 400s are in the upper deck. (You can just see the bottom of the upper deck in right field in the picture above.)
The concourse area on the terrace level (behind the 200 sections) is very spacious by ballpark standards. Lots of room to get around to bathrooms and concession stands. (Picture below is dark, but you get the idea.)
The picture below is the view from the press box. You can get a good sense of the 100 (below the walkway) vs 200 (above the walkway) sections.
The visiting team’s bullpen is just to the left of the foul pole. The open area below the giant screen in center field that looks like a bullpen is actually the sod farm where they grow extra grass to replace worn spots. The Braves’ bullpen is beyond right field (not shown in this picture).
Notice the area under the big Delta sign. You’ll notice there’s no section shown on the seating chart there. The 755 Club is located there.
The picture below zooms in on that area. The area above all the pennants is the 755 Club. Membership is $500/year, but many tickets you can find on eBay include 755 Club access.
Behind the outfield, there is lots of stuff to do before the game (or during if you have kids that get bored during the game). If you click on the picture above for a larger view, look in the area between the 755 club and the big screen and you can see through to the Fan Plaza beyond the outfield. Here is a panoramic view of Fan Plaza from Braves.com.
The picture below shows the view from the 755 club. This view gives you a good view of the 300 sections. (Notice how the suites have a couple of rows of stadium seats on the other side of the white barrier. Seats below the white barrier are the 300 sections.)
In the picture below, the area under the big Budweiser sign is the Chop House, a restaurant in the stadium where you can sit and watch the game. (You can see the Braves’ bullpen from here – to the right of the State Farm sign.)
Cool tidbit #1 – tickets for the skinny sections on the very ends of the upper deck (sections 422 and 437) are $1, if you buy them the day of the game.
Cool tidbit #2 – you can bring food into Turner Field. Here are the details from Braves.com – Food, non-alcoholic drinks (non-glass, non-aluminum) and soft-sided coolers (with the hard plastic liner removed) ARE permitted.