Stadium formerly known as Turner Field begins a new chapter

Published 8:07 am Tuesday, August 29, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) — Call it the chameleon of stadiums.

From Olympic track and field to major league baseball to, now, college football, this place has undergone plenty of changes since it broke ground less than a quarter-century ago.

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“It feels like a football stadium” said Panthers cornerback Chandon Sullivan, looking ahead to the next life for this ever-changing structure in the shadow of the downtown Atlanta skyline. “If I wasn’t from Georgia, I would have no idea this was a former baseball stadium. They’ve done an amazing job with it.”

Still, this new moniker will take some getting used to.

For most folks, the first name that rolls off the lips is Turner Field.

Or perhaps they remember that one glorious summer when it was known as Centennial Olympic Stadium.

“When you realize the iconic nature of this stadium, the history that’s in this stadium … it’s a fascinating opportunity for us,” said Georgia State athletic director Charlie Cobb, “It’s transformational. It gives us a chance to take a football program that we’re still trying to grow, we’re still trying to develop, and we’ve got as nice of a facility as anybody.”