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Wally Sparks
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How Atlanta's Turner Field turned into Georgia State’s football stadium
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The dugouts have been removed. The natural-grass baseball field has been turned into an artificial-turf football field. A new grandstand has been constructed in what used to be right field.

Turner Field, the Braves’ home of the past 20 years, is now the Georgia State football team’s stadium.

Georgia State Stadium — the facility’s temporary moniker until a naming-rights agreement is done — will debut by hosting an open Panthers scrimmage Aug. 17, high school football games in the Corky Kell Classic on Aug. 18-19 and Georgia State’s season opener vs. Tennessee State on Aug. 31.

On Monday, the stadium was opened to the media for a preview.

Vestiges of The Ted couldn’t be missed — the original Hank Aaron statue still in its familiar location; the massive video board still in the same place as before, now the eighth largest video board in college football; the familiar blue seats still in use; baseball decor still on some walls.

But there have been major changes, too. The Chop House restaurant/bar and the 755 Club have been renamed the State House Grill and the University Club, respectively. What used to be home plate is now an end-zone corner. The first seven rows of seats have been removed in places to facilitate football sight lines. Four new light towers have been installed behind the new grandstand along the east sideline.


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Next season the Sun Belt will have an East and West Division, Georgia State is destined to win the east every year and never win the conference.


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SPEEDY
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re: How Atlanta's Turner Field turned into Georgia State’s football stadium
That looks weird as shite.

Light poles in the middle of the stadium?


LSUBoo
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re: How Atlanta's Turner Field turned into Georgia State’s football stadium
Yeah, they're going to just abandon 1/3 or so of the original bowl.

Seems like it could have been done better for sure... this must just be the cheap fix to have it ready in time.


Wally Sparks
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Light poles in the middle of the stadium?



The original TF seating on the east side behind those stands won't be used at all.


Wally Sparks
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Seems like it could have been done better for sure... this must just be the cheap fix to have it ready in time.



They should've ran it along the first base line, but GSU wanted the field to be more north-south.


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Light poles in the middle of the stadium?


no one will be sitting behind those at a fun belt game.


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re: How Atlanta's Turner Field turned into Georgia State’s football stadium
What a waste of a stadium


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They should've ran it along the first base line, but GSU wanted the field to be more north-south.


That makes sense, from a football standpoint, you would prefer to avoid the field being aligned E-W so that the sun isn't setting right behind one endzone.


Wally Sparks
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That makes sense, from a football standpoint, you would prefer to avoid the field being aligned E-W so that the sun isn't setting right behind one endzone.



True, though I think the effect would've been lessened during the fall given the more southerly placement of the sun at that time of year.


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For a visiting Sun Belt team, that has to be an awesome road trip for the fans.


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LSUBoo
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re: How Atlanta's Turner Field turned into Georgia State’s football stadium
Also lessened by the big upper decks at Turner that would block it out pretty early in the evening, but still it's general practice to align N-S.


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BCMCubs
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Thatll be better than having 6,000 people in the Georgia Dome


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Y.A. Tittle
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What a waste of a stadium


Atlanta, the home of disposable stadiums.


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re: How Atlanta's Turner Field turned into Georgia State’s football stadium
This is what hand me down clothes looks like when they reach the youngest child of a Mormon family.


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Wally Sparks
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Atlanta, the home of disposable stadiums.


At least the Ted wasn't demolished.


ForkEmDemons
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re: How Atlanta's Turner Field turned into Georgia State’s football stadium
This is what its supposed to look like when they are finished.

Image: http://stadium.gsu.edu/files/2016/10/FOOTBALL-GEORGIA-STATE-UNIVERSITY-FACEBOOK.jpg


SirWinston
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re: How Atlanta's Turner Field turned into Georgia State’s football stadium
Lofty image, mate


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ptra
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re: How Atlanta's Turner Field turned into Georgia State’s football stadium
If they want to make that sketch accurate they need to remove 85% of the fans in the drawing. The high school games will draw more than any Ga State game


Wally Sparks
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Image: http://stadium.gsu.edu/files/2016/10/FOOTBALL-GEORGIA-STATE-UNIVERSITY-FACEBOOK.jpg



Hopefully some day GSU can actually fill it like that.


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