One of the benefits of taking over a castaway stadium that’s only 20 years old is that you’re getting a quality structure.
That’s the case with Georgia State University’s takeover of Turner Field, which will be turned into a football stadium for the Panthers. On Wednesday, the university released multiple renderings of the new football and baseball stadiums, and it’s looking like they won’t disappoint.
Expected to be ready in time for the 2017 season, the unnamed football stadium will seat 23,000, according to Georgia State. A future phase will add another 10,000 seats, but the first steps are to perform a basic conversion of the stadium in 2017 and have the facility and FieldTurf field ready for football by next August.
(One also can’t help but notice in these renderings Georgia State is beating rival Georgia Southern 24-11 . Check out the massive videoboard, which will apparently be sticking around.)
Georgia State also plans to convert the Fulton County Stadium parking lot across the street back into a baseball stadium for the college’s baseball team. The university hasn’t said when the baseball stadium will be ready, but the mockups show a conscious effort to work the spot where Hank Aaron’s 715th home run landed into the field’s layout. It looks like the left-field wall will be adorned with the familiar tribute.
Finally, as part of the announcement, Georgia State also said that the famed cauldron from the 1996 Summer Olympics will remain in its current location. So as of right now, any hope to relocate the cauldron to Centennial Olympic Park or elsewhere has been squashed.Follow @Sean_Breslin