Turner Field: On Game Day and After By - June 20, 2013 How the area around Turner Field looks on game days and during the rest of the year. These locations were photographed on Opening Day 2013 and then again a few days later. On game day: Fans arrive late and leave early in attempt to avoid traffic. There are more than 8,600 official Braves parking spots. After game day: Area residents complain that the empty lots attract ‘drift racing,’ which creates noise and air pollution. On game day: Traffic and tailgaters fill the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Fraser Street. After game day: A barbecue restaurant that opened at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Fraser (in the building with the yellow mural on the wall) closed after less than two years; without year-round customers it could not survive. On game day: Vehicles illegally crowd onto lawns and empty lots. After game day: The fans are gone, but evidence of illegal parking remains. On game day: Half of the land in the neighborhoods around Turner Field is occupied by parking lots. After game day: All the asphalt and concrete create a ‘heat island.’ It’s 12 degrees hotter in this part of town than in the Atlanta suburbs. On game day: More than 3 million baseball fans come to Turner Field each year. After game day: There is just 20,000 square feet of retail space in the area around Turner Field. The neighborhood does not have a grocery store, bank, or pharmacy. On game day: Gypsy parking lot operators often take cash to park cars on land they don’t own. After game day: Owners of property that has been used illegally for parking often have to deal with damage caused by fans and gypsy operators. On game day: Georgia Avenue, close to the ballpark, is popular with tailgaters. After game day: Presently only two businesses operate on this stretch of Georgia Avenue. On game day: Not all visitors to Turner Field realize that the blue wall in the middle of the main parking lot is what remains of the old stadium where Hank Aaron hit his record-setting homer. After game day: Some of the recreation authority-owned lots are used by government employees and Georgia State students. Much remain empty where there’s no game.