Last edited by gmtobehere; 07-01-2016 at 10:04 PM.
It doesn't look like it was as bad an Olympic Stadium as people say. It looked like a weird setup (and it was), but the only really bad seats were in the lower level in between the current baseball dugouts. The seating down the current first base line was oriented more toward the opposite straightaway, used for the sprints. That would have been preferable a lot of the time.
What were the moats around the Olympic field used for? You can see them right at the base of the stands.
Matt, I don't know what you're looking at, but there were no moats inside or outside the stadium (other than during classic ATL thunderstorms). In the opening ceremony image, the grass between the track and the stands is colored purple, but that was a lighting effect. You may also be seeing foam crowd control "barriers" that were roughly 2 feet high and 20 feet long and covered with the '96 theme color of sea green. Whatever, no moats.
That's a possibility. All I know is there was no water there, and you can see that on the bottom right. I was there several times.
1. a deep, wide trench, usually filled with water, surrounding the rampart of a fortified place, as a town or a castle.
2. any similar trench, as one used for confining animals in a zoo.
I think that those "moats" served more of a utility purpose, but I don't recall seeing long trenches like that in other olympic stadiums nor is there any trace of them at the current Turner Field.
Sounds like a job for the Baseball Fever detectives!
Last edited by JohnCropp; 07-06-2016 at 04:09 AM.
I defer to the experts.
Would the "moats" have been for photographers and TV cameras? I was watching some of Wimbledon earlier today. They have something like that, and there are several photographers in them along with a TV camera. This is my guess as to their purpose.
I'm thinking that there is a decent possibility that what we are looking at is unfinished construction. Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Stadium hosted an IAAF Grand Prix Event in May of 1996. That is two months before the Olympics. If you look at these photo's from Getty Images it would appear that the picture on this post card is from that event. The weather and attendance of the day seem to agree with the image on the postcard. I also found this article where a bunch of people were less than impressed with the configuration among other things. The quotes may be cherry picked among other criticisms which would suggest that maybe construction wasn't complete. This would fall in line with most Olympics where cities are building stuff up until the last second. Atlanta also hosted the Paralympics at the end of the summer. However the photo from the postcard which is clearly an opening/closing ceremony type event suggests it isn't from either Olympic Games event. Both Olympics ceremonies were at night. So this is clearly the Grand Prix event. Whether it is unfinished construction is hard to say. None of the photos from the Olympics have enough clarity to decipher their use once the Games began.
LA Times Article
Link to more images
Atlanta Centennial Stadium.jpg
It's not unfinished construction. Check out the picture that's on page two of this thread.
You can see the wells that surround the field are in the diagram and you can see the stair access for them.
If you google "atlanta olympic track" and look at some of the images there, you will see people in these wells.
Had to be for photographers and the like so that they didn't block the events on the track.
The Grand Prix event had me confused. I assumed that was Olympic events and the moats were barren. I'm sure they were used a plenty with the Olympics.