The end of an era: 50,000+ fans pack Turner Field for final game

Final farewell to Braves at Turner field

ATLANTA -- It's the end of an era in Atlanta as fans say farewell to Turner Field.

And they went out in style as the Braves won their final game of the year in front of a crowd of more than 50,000 fans.

Twenty seasons and more than 900 wins are in the books at Turner Field and everyone was treated to quite a show.

One of the most legendary Braves players of all time, Hammerin' Hank Aaron picked up home plate and took it to its new home.

When the stadium opened almost two decades ago, he delivered the plate there as well.

"I was here when this was the Olympic stadium," fan Chris Monroe from Cobb County said. "I watched it transition into Braves Stadium and 20 years later, here we are - the last game already."

The stadium was bursting with emotion as fans reflected on their fondest memories.

"The first time I came, I had just gotten back from being deployed," Rod Blevins of Newnan said. "A buddy and I came to see Greg Maddux. That was pretty cool."

Fans heard from some of the greatest to ever play the game like Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz.

"That's been my and my husband's thing is we go every year since we've been married so it's our tradition to go to at least one game a year," Shelly Blackburn of Shelbyville, Tenn.

As everyone shared in their final memories before the Ted was officially closed, they took part in one that they'll likely never forget - the final chop.

When Hank Aaron arrived at SunTrust Park with home plate, he said over the loud speakers that the park was officially open.

(© 2016 WXIA)


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