The closing of the 2016 season not only left the Braves with a .422 win percentage. It also meant the end of an era at Turner Field that included eleven division series, four NLCS, the 1999 World Series and the 2000 All-Star game. This Friday, the Braves have their first game at their brand new home, SunTrust Park. Here are some of the things that make it pretty cool.
The park was designed by the Kansas city based firm, Populous, which has designed 19 of the 30 big-league ballparks currently in use. Populous felt it was a priority that there was not a bad seat in the entire house. Derek Schiller, the Braves President of business said, “Whenever a team moves venues, there’s always understandably and I think this is a positive and emotional attachment and connection to that team and also to the original venue. But we’ve created a facility where you’re going to be able to develop memories that are even better.”
As of the recent years, there has been a high demand of social gathering spaces to watch the game in a group setting. This being an alternative to regular stadium seats. SunTrust offers a variety of areas including The Chop House, Xfinity Rooftop, Home Depot Clubhouse, State Farm Deck and the Hank Aaron Terrace. In these various areas, fans can drink, mingle, and dine with incredible views of the ongoing game. The best part: all of these areas are open to fans unless otherwise booked.
Said to be the “most technologically advanced ball park,” Suntrust will feature 800 Wi-Fi hotspots, two 100 gigabit-per-second ethernet lines, more than 250 miles of fiber optic cable running through the stadium. Suntrust boasts the largest internet capacity of any pro sports venue in America. So what does this mean for fans? The days of not being able to post a picture of you having a super awesome time at the game are over. If you didn’t post 39 pictures of you having a great time, were you really even there? Also getting an upgrade are the video boards in the outfield so fans will now be able to drool over Dansby Swanson in high definition.
Baseball will no longer just be peanuts and crackerjacks. Concessions will include Nashville hot chicken, blackened catfish po’ boy tacos, fried tomahawk pork chops, potato rolls, collard green slaw and white BBQ sauce, just to name a few. What I’m most excited to try this weekend is a special brew that local Terrapin Brewery made to debut at SunTrust Park. Guys, it’s a beer brewed with baseball bats. Chopsecutioner, a variation of the company’s Hopsecutioner IPA beer is aged with wood used to make Mizuno baseball bats, one of the biggest MLB suppliers.
While this is the Braves third home in just 22 seasons, Turner Field is the park I grew up on and is where I called home with the last homestand in the park leaving me teary eyed. Life is about adventures, bring it SunTrust.