Memorable moments in the history of Turner Field
On Sunday, the Braves will play their last game at Turner Field and the stadium will move on to its next chapter, likely as a college football field. Since it opened for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, it’s been the site of many memorable moments:
July 19, 1996 — Muhammad Ali, stricken by Parkinson’s disease and hands trembling, lights the cauldron to open the Summer Games at what was then known as Centennial Olympic Stadium.
July 29, 1996 — Carl Lewis wins the last of his nine gold medals with a dramatic victory in the long jump. He remains one of just three athletes to capture the same event at four straight Olympics, along with Al Oerter and Michael Phelps.
Aug. 1, 1996 — Wearing golden shoes, Michael Johnson crushes the world record with a time of 19.32 seconds in the 200 meters. He completes an unprecedented men’s 200-400 double at the Olympics, and his mark will stand until Usain Bolt eclipses it 12 years later in Beijing.