Georgia State University recently purchased Turner Field and converted it back into a more oval stadium for its football team. The university also plans to build a 1,000-seat baseball field in the Turner parking lot, formerly known as Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. This stadium has a long history of hosting some of the most thrilling sporting events in the state. From 1971 to 1992, the Peach Bowl game was held at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
During this time, 21 games were played, 11 of which featured teams ranked in the top 20. The last game was particularly memorable, with number 12 East Carolina defeating their intrastate rival, number 21, 37-34. In the summer of 1996, while the Braves were on a long road trip, the baseball games of the 1996 Summer Olympics were held at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium from July 20 to August 2.This stadium has also been home to the Atlanta Falcons since 1966. The Falcons stayed at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium until the Georgia Dome opened in 1992. In an effort to draw more fans to the stadium, Ted Turner took it upon himself to turn Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium into a fun center with a series of promotions and tricks that would have made a minor league seller blush. This effort paid off and the stadium is now named after Fulton County.
A Rich History of Thrilling Sporting EventsAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium has been home to some of the most exciting sporting events in Georgia for decades. From hosting the Peach Bowl game to the 1996 Summer Olympics, this stadium has seen it all.
Thanks to Ted Turner's efforts, this stadium is now known as Fulton County Stadium and continues to be a popular destination for sports fans.