ATLANTA - Sunday marked the end of an era; the Atlanta Braves played their final game at Turner Field in front of a standing room only crowd.
The Braves beat the Detroit Tigers and celebrated their time at "The Ted" with special pregame and post-game ceremonies.
"We were at the last game at Fulton County Stadium. We were at the first game here," said John Ford of Woodstock, who attended the final game with 30 of his family members. "It's a great ball field. I hate to see it go, but I know it's going to be picked up by Georgia State and I know they're going to do wonderful things with it for the college, but I look forward to the new stadium as well. You never know. Atlanta's a pheonix. We're ever changing. So, you know, welcome to Atlanta."
Chris Gaines attended his first baseball game at Turner Field with his grandfather and brought his granddad back to the park to bid the park farewell.
"It's sad, but it's exciting at the same time," said Gaines. "It's sad that this is the last game here at Turner Field, but I'm extremely happy that we'll be moving on and we got the win today and we can only move forward from here."
Following the game, Braves legend Hank Aaron threw out a ceremonial final pitch before accompanying home plate to SunTrust Park where the team will open the 2017 season. .
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All fans in attendance received commemorative tickets with a lanyard and a sample of authenticated game used dirt from the infield.
Some fans tried to take extra souvenirs out of the park including signs and seats. Security, however, checked people's bags and confiscated any unauthorized items as they exited.