Olympics, Baseball, and Sweating

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Olympics arch

The day got off to a sweaty start, as I went to downtown, into Underground ATL. Then transferred to a bus, where it stood for some time, until it finally moved. And when it did, the bus moved so slow, due to the rally at the Georgia Capitol. The driver said that they could only proceed if the police allowed them to. I started to lose patience, and decided to get off, as I was heading to Turner Field to buy a ticket for this day's game.

I passed by the rally and some police cars, and headed to the ballpark. The walk was unbearable, as it was almost entirely in the sunlight, as there was very little shade along the way. As I got closer, there was an arch with the Olympic rings. And nearby, was a memorial for the 1996 Summer Olympics, which were held in Atlanta.

remaining wall of Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium
I passed by the Olympic cauldron and a metal board, which listed the results of all the events. Mainly the ones winning Olympic medals.

I walked by the results board, and down the stairs to the parking lot, passing by the long blue wall. This was the only thing remaining from Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, which was one of those cookie cutter stadiums, one time being the home of the Braves and Falcons. Opened in 1966, and closed in 1996, as the Braves moved across the street the following year. The Falcons already left a few years before that, for the Georgia Dome. Now the area is a parking lot. With it being empty, it was the best time to take photos of it, so I was able to see the entire wall.

I went across the street, and looked around, then waited in line for tickets.
sculptures of retired numbers
Unfortunately, there were other people who had the same idea as me, as the line was pretty long. Even worse, it was in the sunlight. I had to put up with it, as the line moved slowly, until I reached the limited shade. Then to the ticket window, where I bought a ticket, for a seat that was better than the one I sat the day before, and cheaper as well. So it ended up working out, in terms of saving some money.

I walked back to downtown, to Underground ATL. Then rode up to North Springs, where I would meet up with some old friends, who I have not seen in a long time. We met up and went to a Mexican restaurant. Can't remember the name of the place, but the food was good, and we had a great time catching up.

Afterwards, I went back into downtown, and to the area where the major attractions were.
Centennial Olympic Park
Passing by the World of Coca-Cola, and into Centennial Olympic Park.

Walking around the park, I saw the various sculptures and other displays, which symbolize what the Olympic Games were all about. Built for the 1996 Games, this was where the Olympic bombing took place. And I remember visiting it back in 2002, but only remember seeing the fountains area, in the shape of the Olympic rings. Being a typical hot day, a lot of people playing around the fountains, to cool off.

I went inside the CNN Center, and just relaxed in there. Talk about major relief. Then went back to Underground ATL, stopping by a few places to buy some drinks to take into the stadium. Then to a Johnny Rocket's, a cafe with a 50s look. I took advantage of the promotion of buy one milkshake, get one free, with a Braves ticket.
World Series trophy
Needless to say, it felt great, drinking the cold shake. Afterwards, I went to the Braves shuttle bus, taking it to the ballpark.

Once there, I looked around, seeing the numbers and various plaques on the ground. Then entered the ballpark, and went to the Braves Hall of Fame. More about it in the review here.

After spending time at the Hall of Fame, I went to my seat. Looked around the stadium, as the game started and went on. The location was better for this game, than the night before. During the game, it started to rain, causing people to retreat for cover. I did as well, as it rained on my seat. But the game went on, and remarkable that the players continue playing. The rain did stop.

The Braves took on the Baltimore Orioles, and this game was more closer.
me at Turner Field
The scoring started in the 4th inning, when the Orioles took a 2-0 lead, but the Braves scored 5 runs in their half, taking the lead, 5-2. The Orioles would score 2 more runs, both on solo home runs. But it was not enough, as the Braves beat the Orioles, 5-4.

After the game, there were fireworks, which is always a joy to watch. When that ended, I walked around the ballpark, and went closer to the field, as the place was emptying out. Took a few closeup photos, then left Turner Field. I hopped on the shuttle bus, taking me to Five Points. Then on MARTA, heading back to the hostel.

When walking down a different way, some strange man wanted to get my attention to read something. But this time, I just ignored and walked away. Just had to trust my gut instinct, as he chose to approach me, but not the other person, who was near me at the time.

I returned to the hostel, and just relaxed for a bit. Then to sleep.

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Olympics arch
Olympics arch
remaining wall of Atlanta Fulton-C…
remaining wall of Atlanta Fulton-…
sculptures of retired numbers
sculptures of retired numbers
Centennial Olympic Park
Centennial Olympic Park
World Series trophy
World Series trophy
me at Turner Field
me at Turner Field
Olympics plaque
Olympics plaque
replica of cauldron
replica of cauldron
Olympics arch
Olympics arch
results board
results board
results of the 96 Olympics
results of the '96 Olympics
results board
results board
remaining wall of Atlanta Fulton-C…
remaining wall of Atlanta Fulton-…
wall of old stadium, and view of d…
wall of old stadium, and view of …
years used by the Braves
years used by the Braves
plaque for the old stadium
plaque for the old stadium
sculptures of retired numbers
sculptures of retired numbers
Hank Aarons number
Hank Aaron's number
view of downtown
view of downtown
Georgia Capitol
Georgia Capitol
Centennial Olympic Park - Paralymp…
Centennial Olympic Park - Paralym…
Quilt of Nations
Quilt of Nations
flags of nations, on ceiling of Qu…
flags of nations, on ceiling of Q…
waterfall at Centennial Olympic Pa…
waterfall at Centennial Olympic P…
Quilt of Olympic Spirit
Quilt of Olympic Spirit
Leaves of Honor
Leaves of Honor
Water Gardens
Water Gardens
Quilt of Remembrance
Quilt of Remembrance
statue of William Porter Payne, wh…
statue of William Porter Payne, w…
Monument Torch
Monument Torch
Centennial Olympic Park
Centennial Olympic Park
plaque for Greg Maddux
plaque for Greg Maddux
plaques for individual Braves
plaques for individual Braves
plaques for individual Braves
plaques for individual Braves
me by Dale Murphys number
me by Dale Murphy's number
silver slugger awards
silver slugger awards
train
train
retired numbers
retired numbers
Braves taking the field
Braves taking the field
Braves vs. Orioles
Braves vs. Orioles
Braves dugout
Braves dugout
Grand Slam hit
Grand Slam hit
Turner Field
Turner Field
countdown to 10,000 wins for the h…
countdown to 10,000 wins for the …
postgame fireworks
postgame fireworks
me at Turner Field
me at Turner Field
Atlanta Sights & Attractions review
Nice museum for baseball fans
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