Music - Jessica by the Allman Brothers
Photographed in 1987, 1991 and 1997 using film.
Fulton Co. Stadium "the Launching Pad" - Opened April 12, 1965 and closed on October 24, 1996. The stadium was demolished in 1997 and is now a parking lot for Turner Field.
Known as Atlanta Stadium 1965 - 1976, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 1976 - 1996.
Location - 521 Capitol Ave. SE Atlanta, Georgia.
The home of the "Hammer" Hank Aaron, the launching pad housed many memories for both the Atlanta Braves and the NFL Atlanta Falcons. From Deion Sanders to Dale Murphy, for 31 years the people of Atlanta filled the park. In 1966 the then Milwaukee Braves up and moved to the deep south and Atlanta. BUT, the stadiums first tenant was the Atlanta Crackers of the International league. They played for one season, 1965, at Fulton County. The next year, the Braves moved in. The Braves had a bonafide superstar in Hank Aaron. Little did anyone realize, Aaron would put the Braves and Fulton Co. Stadium on the map in 1974. On a cold April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron sent an Al Downing pitch over the left field wall for home run number 715, breaking the unbreakable record of 714 set by Babe Ruth. As a monument, the fence and spot where the ball landed are laid out on the parking lot where the stadium once stood. The stadium hosted 4 world series, the first one in 1991 against the Twins. They lost, and lost the next year against Toronto. Finally in 1995, the Braves beat Cleveland for the Worlds Championship. The next year hosted the Braves final game ever, also in the World Series. Game five was a 1-0 win by the Yankees and the final run was scored by Charlie Hayes. The Braves bid farewell to the ballpark after that World Series. The last home run hit was by Jim Leyritz in game 4 of the series.
The Falcons, albeit, were not very good most of the time they played at the stadium. They were born in 1966 as an expansion team and played at the stadium from 1966 thru the 1991 season. They moved into the Georgia Dome in 1992. Modest success led to playoff runs in the late 70s and in the 80's. They will probably be best known for drafting a raw rookie QB named Brett Favre, and trading him to the Packers.
Concerts were also held at Fulton Co. Stadium. All the big outdoor shows were there. In 1965, the fab four, the Beatles played at Fulton Co. on their tour.
The end came a week after the old Omni Arena was imploded in Atlanta. The stadium had been gutted and it too was imploded. Starting at one section, the stadium fell like a set of dominos. All that is left now are the memories of the launching pad, and the left field wall where in 1974, a black man in the deep south, broke a record that people thought was impossible.
Map of the area. From internet.