The Atlanta Braves’ days at Turner Field are numbered, and Ludacris, one of Atlanta’s biggest rap icons, will be there to help count down the games.
On Wednesday, Aug. 31, the Grammy award winning artist will tear down the number 17 in left field during the fifth inning of the Braves’ game against the San Diego Padres. The number signifies how many games are left at Turner Field, and the Braves have been tearing the sheets off the wall all year.
Usually a celebrity with ties to Georgia, a former Brave, a dedicated fan or employee or a contest winner continues the countdown. Some notable appearances already this year have been Hank Aaron, Brantley Gilbert and Ryan Lochte among others. The Braves say fans will see appearances from Bobby Cox and Chipper Jones in later games.
Oct. 2 will be a bittersweet day for the Braves, who are 48-83 on the year. They will play their last game ever in Turner Field, but they will also get to close the book on a rebuilding year that has tested the patience of many fans.
The Braves have managed to acquire many valuable prospects this season, and if they all play as well as their scouting report says they should, then Braves fans should be happy at SunTrust Park in two or three years.
Ludacris’ appearance at Turner Field will come right before Ludaday Weekend, which has occurred annually on Labor Day Weekend for 11 years.
Ludaday Weekend also includes the Broadcast Music Inc. R&B/Hip Hop Awards hosted by Chris Tucker, a golf tournament, a charity bowling event, a basketball game against a Rick Ross lead team and a party at Top Golf in Midtown Atlanta.
This visit to Turner Field will not be the first for Ludacris. He was in a commercial for the team in 2007, and he performed there in 2011.