1. Bring a recyclable grocery bag with you. Being the inaugural season they have giveaways almost every game. I left with two bobbleheads and a promotional t-shirt.
2. If it’s an afternoon or early evening game sit on the first base side. That way you’ll be shaded by the sun.
3. They have free sunscreen dispensers everywhere you look. #CancerSucks
4. You can “rent” a free glove, so you can catch foul balls.
5. Download the StubHub app and hold all your tickets electronically. Paper is so 2016.
I’ve been an Atlanta Braves fan as long as I can remember. In 1990 you could leave your extra tickets under your windshield wipers when you went into the game, and they’d still be there when you returned.
I’ve watched games in the now demolished Fulton County Stadium, Turner Field and a few weeks ago in the new SunTrust Park. SunTrust Park is as customer friendly as it gets, there’s something for almost everyone.
Tickets – To make things easy you can buy your tickets and parking pass using the StubHub app. If you’ve never been to the stadium StubHub gives you the ability to check out the view from your seat before you click purchase. Info
Parking – One of the challenges with Turner Field was a lack of convenient parking, not a problem at SunTrust. From the valet to a 10-minute walk there are at least a dozen places to park and at least two dozen price points. I paid $37.00 dollars and had a 2-minute walk into the park. Most of the lots require an advanced purchase and those that don’t only accept credit and debit cards. They even offer bicycle parking, if you’re so inclined to peddle to the game. The Brave’s have partnered with Waze and UBER to make getting to and from SunTrust Park even easier. Info
Food – No shortage of choices here including the Taco Factory and Waffle House. The guy next to me ordered a “Bases Loaded Nacho Helmet”. Yes, it’s served in an actual batting helmet and it looks as glutenous as it sounds. There are even Gluten-Free and Vegetarian offerings. You can bring your own soft-sided cooler. As long as it’s smaller than 16x16x8 and doesn’t contain alcohol, glass or cans. Info
Arrive early – Gates open at least ninety minutes before the first pitch, and there’s plenty to do before the game. For the kids, they offer a rock climbing wall as well as a zip-line. For the baseball historian, there’s the 755 Sculpture. Made up of 755 Hank Aaron Louisville Slugger baseball bats in the shape of the number 755. You can also see Sid Bream’s infamous knee brace from his 1992 slide into home. Info
There’s an app for that – View stats, scores and schedules all from your phone. Info
My assessment, as if anyone cares, is that they nailed it. I’ve lived in the metro Atlanta area three times, my children were born in Atlanta and I’m based out of Atlanta. Over the years I’ve watched the city expand and become congested. When I heard where they planned to build SunTrust Park I thought there was no way they could pull it off, but they did. The work here, live here play here concept works.
Driving to the game we were off I-75 and in our parking space in under five minutes. At the games end, we were out of the stadium and in our car southbound in less than ten minutes.
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