Turner Field has been home for the Atlanta Braves since 1997
The team is moving outside of the city to SunTrust Park, set to open in 2017
The first pitch was thrown by Atlanta Braves starter Julio Teheran to Detroit Tigers leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler at 3:13 p.m ET, with the game-time temperature at 80 degrees.
And with that, it was the start of the final goodbye to Major League Baseball in downtown Atlanta.
On Sunday, the final day of the MLB regular season, the Braves and fans bid farewell to Turner Field, the team’s home since 1997, with a 1-0 win against the Tigers.
“There’s a sentimental significance behind it,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “This place holds a lot of really good memories for a lot of people, and it’s great to go out like that.”
Teheran pitched one of his finest games, going seven innings and giving up three hits, one walk and no runs. He struck out 12, tying his career high. Freddie Freeman drove in Ender Inciarte on a first-inning sacrifice fly.
“Being the last game ever at Turner Field, it’s kind of an emotional thing,” Freeman said. “I’ve spent seven seasons here, my big league debut and everything. I’m always going to remember this place. It has a lot of special moments and memories for me. I’m just happy we won the last game.”
The stadium is named after CNN founder Ted Turner, who owned the Braves from 1976-1996.
The Braves never won a World Series at the stadium nicknamed “The Ted.” The lone title for the franchise in Atlanta was won next door at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in 1995. That stadium was imploded on August 2, 1997, and is now a parking lot.
In 2013, the Braves announced they were leaving Turner Field for a new stadium to be built in Cobb County, northwest of the city. At the time, Club President John Schuerholz said that Turner Field needed “hundreds of millions of dollars of upgrades. Unfortunately, that massive investment would not do anything to improve access or the fan experience.”