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Turnaround at The Ted
10/03/2004 10:30 PM ET
While the sometimes raucous Tomahawk Chop is still alive and well at Turner Field, Braves fans haven't enjoyed nearly as many memorable moments as they did at old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, where October magic existed throughout the early 1990's.

The new Home of the Braves hasn't exactly been friendly to the hosts in October. It has witnessesed postseason celebrations for visiting clubs in six of its first seven years of existence. Heading into this postseason, Atlanta has won just three of its past 13 home playoff games and is only 12-16 in 28 postseason games at The Ted.

Since moving into their new digs in 1997, the Braves have celebrated postseason advancement in Atlanta just twice -- Game 6 of the 1999 NLCS and Game 3 of the 2001 Division Series.

Unlike it's predecessor, which was commonly known as the Launching Pad, Turner Field doesn't possess as much of an offense-friendly environment. In fact, it would be more appropriate to say it's a non-biased ballpark. The Ted's symmetrical dimensions have enabled it to become known as a stadium that favors neither pitchers nor hitters.

Before Turner Field became the Braves' home, it was a grand oval where Michael Johnson set a world record in the 200-meter dash and the legendary Carl Lewis won his record-tying ninth gold medal during the 1996 Summer Olympics.

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