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Fort Bragg Field
"Home away from home"
of the Atlanta Braves
(July 3, 2016)

Colt Stadium diagram
Turner Field Colt Stadium
Key to diagrams

Vital statistics:
Lifetime Seating capacity Seating rows
Overhang / shade % Territory
(1,000 sq. ft.)
Fence height  CF
orien- tation
Back-stop Outfield dimensions The Clem Criteria:
Built Demo- lished Lower deck Mezz. Upper deck Lower deck Upper deck Fair Foul LF CF RF Left
Left-center Center field Right-center Right field Field
asym- metry
prox- imity
Loc- ation Aesth- etics Over- all
2016 2016* 12,500 38 - - 0% - 116.2 22.7 ? ? ? ? (45) 331 387 405 387 331 NA NA NA NA NA NA

* The Braves played here for one game only; most of the grandstand was to be dismantled shortly thereafter.

thumbnail In March of 2016 it was announced that the Atlanta Braves would host a special game on the evening before Independence Day at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Planning and bulldozing began soon thereafter, and construction was completed with just a few days to spare before July 3. The resulting baseball field and (mostly) temporary grandstand is thus considered one of those odd anomalous stadiums such as Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Like Colt Stadium in Houston, Fort Bragg Field is a rudimentary, roofless single-deck ballpark with symmetrical outfield and straight fences. It also has the characteristic of long field dimensions in the power alleys, although the distances down the foul lines were normal. In addition to small bleacher sections next to the bullpens in each corner, there are large sloped "standing room only" areas across most of the outfield. Those are rendered in green in the diagram above, because they were evidently made of artificial turf, so that fans could enjoy a picnic during the game. It is also noteworthy that the Braves chose to hold this special game away from their "normal" home in Atlanta, the soon-to-be-vacated Turner Field . Although this was an official game, it was only open to military personnel stationed at Fort Bragg, which is the home of the 82nd ("All American") Airborne Division, one of the combat units participating in the D-Day invasion of France in 1944. The one official MLB game played here was at night, so the lack of a roof to provide shade did not matter. The Miami Marlins beat the Braves in that game, 5-2.


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