files/pictures/picture-35.jpgCartoon Network and its Turner Broadcasting sibling the Atlanta Braves are joining forces in creating an all-new entertainment and dining experience for kids and families titled Tooner Field." The Cartoon Network-branded, interactive area will be located at Turner Field's East Pavilion off the Grand Entry Plaza. This multi-million dollar project will have its first phase a three-story, layered facade featuring the colorful homes of Cartoon Network's most popular characters ready for opening day, April 8 (Braves vs. the New York Mets). The entire facility will be completed and open for visitors by mid-July.
Tooner Field will consist of eight unique areas depicting Cartoon Network original characters in life-size baseball-themed environments. Kids will be invited to explore and play within several one-of-a-kind activity zones, participate in a variety of cartoony carnival games, enjoy a picnic meal on a miniature baseball field or snack at a Cartoon Network-themed diner. Properties to be included within this prototype family experience include FOSTER'S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS, HI HI PUFFY AMIYUMI, CODENAME: KIDS NEXT DOOR, THE POWERPUFF GIRLS, JOHNNY BRAVO, THE GRIM ADVENTURES OF BILLY & MANDY, DEXTER'S LABORATORY and ED, EDD 'N' EDDY.
"A large number of our fans that attend games are families," said Mike Plant, Braves evp of operations. "This project is a natural for them since kids love Cartoon Network shows and characters. Combining them in a creative, fun way deepens the whole Turner Field experience."
"Our hope is to create a family-targeted attraction that will enable young viewers to experience their favorite characters in an eye-popping, three-dimensional encounter," adds Dennis Adamovich, svp, marketing for Cartoon Network. "And parents will appreciate that we've included plenty of closed-cable monitors throughout the area so that no one need miss a play of the game while kids enthrall themselves in cartoon-themed activity."
The 3,000-square-foot entertainment facility will be open to attending families before and during Braves games. There are also plans to have Tooner Field available to schools and community groups on non-game days. To celebrate the new joint venture, one of Cartoon Network's most popular characters will serve as the Braves mascot this season.
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