Russ Chandler Stadium – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Let’s Play Beesball
When looking at Georgia Tech athletics, people tend to think of the school’s storied football program, or the two Final Fours achieved by the basketball program. However, the school’s most consistently winning program has been the Yellow Jacket Baseball program.
The team has won seven ACC Conference regular season titles, nine ACC Tournament championships, been to thirty-one NCAA Tournaments, including five Super Regionals and three College World Series. In addition, the program has sent sixty-nine players on to professional baseball, including such illustrious names as Jason Varitek, Nomar Garciaparra, Mark Teixeira, Kevin Brown and Matt Wieters.
Food & Beverage 3
Chandler Stadium has two concession stands. The stands offer hot dogs ($5), nachos ($6), sausages ($6), pretzels ($5), popcorn ($4), peanuts ($5), candy ($4), large sodas ($6) and bottled water ($4).
Midtown and West Atlanta offer a bevy of dining options to suit any taste. We suggest you eat your main meal elsewhere and save the concession stand offering for a snack or a beverage.
Russ Chandler Stadium provides an oasis of baseball amongst the skyscrapers of Downtown and Midtown Atlanta. Baseball has been played on this site since 1930, with the proceeds from Georgia Tech’s Rose Bowl appearance paying for the property in those lean years. The current facility opened in 2002 .
Today’s Yellow Jacket nest provides a U-shaped seating bowl with a capacity of 4,157. There are 1,100 chair back seats behind home plate, and 3,000 bleacher seats along the first and third baselines. The stadium has a very classic look as it is constructed of brick and green colored steel. It features one main gate which brings you into a spacious entry plaza with concession stands and restrooms along each side. There are two enclosed luxury boxes and six open air covered suites. As you would suspect of Georgia Tech, the latest in technology has been installed in the stadium, including the LED video board/scoreboard in left field.
Like its football counterpart, Russ Chandler Stadium features the Downtown and Midtown Atlanta skylines as its backdrop behind the outfield walls. Both areas have seen a construction boom in recent years and visitors can come back in a season and see two or three new buildings in the immediate area.
Russ Chandler Stadium is located on the northeastern corner of the Tech campus amidst fraternity and sorority row. Its on-campus neighbors include the Byers Tennis complex, the Georgia Tech football indoor practice facility and the McCamish Pavilion, home of the Yellow Jackets very successful basketball program.
Two very popular neighborhoods with a very vibrant entertainment and dining scene lie to the east and the west of Chandler Stadium. The Midtown area lies to the east, just across the interstate bridge from the park. It is home to restaurants like South City Kitchen and ECCO, as well as the Atlanta’s theatre district. The hottest area of town is West Atlanta, formerly an industrial district that has seen many buildings converted to loft style apartment and shops that are very popular with millennials. Some of the restaurants in this area include Miller Union, JCT, Kitchen and Bar, Yeah Burger and the West Egg Café.
Georgia Tech has a very loyal fan base that has tended to stay in the Atlanta area after graduation. Today these alums head up some of the largest engineering, construction, architectural and real estate firms in Atlanta. The Midtown area has also become a computer technology hub due to the Tech graduates in the area. This makes it easy for alums to get to the games, as they are within walking distance of the stadium.
Georgia Tech has some great traditions that have become world famous. One of them is Buzz, the Yellow Jacket mascot who seems to be everywhere around the stadium during games.
The student body also turns out in force for games, as the venue is very close to Fraternity / Sorority Row and the dorms. They sit along the first baseline behind the Tech dugout and make a racket during Yellow Jacket rallies (and the concurrent T shirt tosses)
A top-notch baseball program and a very loyal fan base have made Russ Chandler Stadium a very intimidating place for visiting teams. From the opening of the stadium though the end of the 2018 season, the Yellow Jackets have a .760 winning percentage at home.
Russ Chandler Stadium is conveniently located just off I-75 / I-85 (also known as the Downtown Connector) as it slices through the middle of downtown Atlanta. Drivers can take either the 14th Street exit or the North Avenue exit and go a short distance west to access Chandler Stadium. There are two Georgia Tech-owned parking decks…the Peters Parking Deck or the Klaus Computing Building Deck within a few blocks of Chandler Stadium that allow game day parking for a charge of $5. A second option is to take the city’s MARTA rail system to the Midtown MARTA Station on the North / South line and take the free Tech Trolley shuttle over to the arena. A round trip on MARTA is $5, no matter what the distance.
Access within Chandler Stadium is excellent as the main entrance opens onto a broad plaza with many fan services on the periphery. These include the team store, the concession stands and the restrooms. The concourses at the top of the seating bowl is covered so fans are protected from the rain or can get some shade on those hot Georgia afternoons.
Return on Investment 3
Georgia Tech athletics provide an excellent return on investment, especially when you compare the cost of attending a game to the many Atlanta professional sports franchises located just a few miles south or north of Russ Chandler Stadium.
Tech baseball has a simple pricing structure: $10 for chair back seats behind home plate, General Admission for adults is $8 and children or seniors $6. Parking at Tech games cost $5 and the concessions are very reasonably priced.
Unfortunately, lodging in the Midtown and Downtown areas can be very pricey at over $250 a night. We suggest taking MARTA to one of the suburban areas where lodging costs much less.
John Heisman served as a baseball coach for Georgia Tech for 13 years.
Chandler Stadium is a past winner as the Field of the Year by the Sports Turf Manager Association.
A majority of Atlanta’s main tourism attractions are located just two exits south of Russ Chandler Stadium from the Downtown Connector. These include Centennial Olympic Park, the College Football Hall of Fame, CNN Center, the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, State Farm Arena and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. If riding MARTA, depart the train at the Peachtree Center Station and head west for two blocks.
During the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Russ Chandler Stadium was used for some of the preliminary round games.
Georgia Tech is a school with a great athletic heritage across many sports. Rather than tearing down the sites of its greatest victories, it chooses to preserve, and upgrade its facilities in order to remain competitive in the ACC. In an era of disposable stadiums that is something to be cherished and admired. Russ Chandler Stadium will continue to evolve as technology improves, but its field will always be on this sacred ground.
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