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It’s finally here! We have waited a long time for this day! April 14, 2017!! Three years ago when we got the announcement that we were getting a new ballpark, I had no idea how much progress, vision, and creativity could be carried out so well, so beautifully and so quickly!!
What an honor to serve on the Braves Fan Advisory Board for the new SunTrust Park for 2-1/2 years, working with some of the nicest people, and it is really amazing to see Braves’ vision (and what we have been talking about for so long) finally come to LIFE!!
There was so much excitement Opening night, throughout opening weekend, and so much energy in and around SunTrust Park. There is so much to do and see at SunTrust Park and in The Battery Atlanta. We attended the games Friday and Saturday night of Opening Weekend and still didn’t get to experience everything there is to offer. I can’t wait to go back (which will be soon), and try several new food items by Delaware North in SunTrust Park, and enjoy all the cool places to eat in The Battery Atlanta. There is so much thought and creativity that has gone into this ballpark. It is amazing!! I will let the pictures tell the story.
I was so happy to be a part of this project, even if in a small way. I am proud to call this ball park, HOME! Go Braves!
An amazing feature of our new SunTrust Park is the area called, the Coors Light ‘Below the Chop’. As you can probably figure out, the new Coors Light ‘Chop House’ is above this, and this ‘Below the Chop’ area is field level, and out in right field. This is a nice sized space for fans for a premium cost, and for private parties. As you can imagine, it’s very popular already. This area has a bar, food buffet area, and 2 rows of bleachers that have drink coolers that will keep your drinks cold on a hot day. There are also restrooms so you don’t have to go far away from the action. Everything you need is close by. The Coors Light sign you see here is designed with baseballs. Of course, the tables you see here are appropriately themed as well! Take a look to see what else this area includes!
Plenty of seating with drink coolers (those holes you see in the tables!) to keep your drinks cold on a hot summer day!
I hope you get a chance to see a game from this new premium space! For more go to Braves.com/belowthechop
I wanted to pass on some important information from the Braves about how to get to and from SunTrust Park on game day!
The Atlanta Braves have put great thought and detail into how to make getting to SunTrust Park the best experience for you! The Braves have joined in partnership with Uber, Waze, and Cobb County to help get you to the ballpark easier and help manage the traffic during game days. They are excited to pilot new technology with the Uber app, and the updated MLB.com Ballpark App, to help make the entire process easier from purchasing your tickets, and planning your trip to and from the ballpark.
New Partnership with Uber:
“Uber announced the pilot of new technology that will make the pick-up experience fast and more efficient at SunTrust Park.”
“Riders leaving SunTrust park will be directed to the Uber Zone, which is located steps from the ballpark along Windy Ridge Parkway, through in-app messaging and physical signage. At the Uber Zone, fans will open their Uber app, set their destination and request a car as usual. Instead of having to navigate to find a specific car and driver, riders will see a personalized PIN cole in their app and can simply give it to the next available driver in the Uber Zone.”
For game day travel, you are encouraged to make a plan in advance of your trip to SunTrust Park. This can be done in 3 easy steps, and can be completed through the updated MLB.com Ballpark app.
What You Need to Know:
Buy your ticket in advance! The Braves have transitioned completely to PAPERLESS TICKETS. Tickets can be purchased through the MLB.com Ballpark app where you will receive a barcode that will be scanned on your phone as you enter the gates. You can also purchase tickets at Braves.com, or calling the Braves ticket office at 404-577-9100.
Buy your parking in advance! When you purchase your game tickets, please also select and purchase your parking! This will give you better choices of where to park and ultimately save you money. There are 14,000 spaces around the ballpark, but purchasing before you arrive will give you customized directions and a pre-purchase discount. Many lots will require a pre-payment, although some will accept credit cards at the site. Plus, if you have bought your parking in advance, you will have the added benefit of the Waze app to help you get there.
Use the Waze App! Because they are partnering with the Braves, Waze will be receiving real-time traffic information and updates from Cobb County to help spread out traffic in such a large area and help you maneuver around and find the best way to your parking lot (another reason to buy parking in advance). Cobb County and Waze will be able to get you around trouble spots, much more than a smartphone map app, because it is customized to help you get to a Braves event.
To also help reduce congestion, The Cobb County DOT is assisting with traffic manageability by offering The Cumberland Circulator. This transit system will have new routes to help you on game day, make daily traffic a bit more manageable, with enhanced mobility and frequency.
There are 14 access points to get in and out of the ballpark area, minimizing impact on everyday commuters. There are 14,000 parking spaces available around SunTrust Park. 5,000 more parking spaces than at Turner Field…. for a ballpark with 8,000 less seats!
I’m ready for new season in our awesome new ballpark!! Let’s Play Ball!
For more information, go to Braves.com/transportation
The Braves have worked very hard to include a fun space for our kids! As with the rest of the ballpark, this area has been well thought out and carefully designed. Now when your kids come to a game, they will get to enjoy so many amenities that SunTrust Park has to offer. The Braves, in partnership with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, have come up with a fabulous kids’ zone called ‘Hope and Will’s Sandlot’. It is located behind sections 151-155!
As always, there is a Braves Kids Club membership so your kids can be a part of the team! A premium membership is $25 (per membership) or there is a free membership option as well. When you buy a Premium Membership, there are several really great benefits and prizes that include a Dansby Swanson jersey and much much more. Check out all the info at Braves.com/kids.
And be on the lookout about how you can reserve your times in advance for all the fun games and activities you will see here.
In the meantime, let me show you around….
Thanks for letting me show you around the Kids’ area! It’s going to be a really fun season!
See you there!
The Atlanta Braves A-List members, a.k.a. season ticket holders, we were given a chance to explore and enjoy all that the new SunTrust Park has to offer at their ‘SunTrust Park Open House’. The ballpark is beautifully built, thought out, and elegantly designed. And to think this all started from a field of dirt just 3 years ago. The Braves staff have been working around the clock to have this incredible ballpark ready for us for the Open House but more importantly, by our Home Opener…April 14th! Let me tell you, it will not disappoint!
During our time at SunTrust Park, we were given a chance to find our seats, test out the new concessions, and watch the first game ever to be shown on the big screen which was a Braves Spring Training game being played in Orlando.
The new kids area, Hope and Will’s Sandlot, was up and running and complimentary for the day. It has a new Pop Flier Zip Line and Climbing Tower as well as other fun games…some I used to play as a kid.
Words cannot describe my level of excitement for this new ballpark and the start of a new season. MLB owners are referring to our new ballpark as “revolutionary” and I totally agree!
Please stay tuned to more posts about our new amazing ballpark…So much more to come!
I’m excited to announce that Team Mom Baseball is expanding! In addition to my blog site about baseball, the Atlanta Braves, and team mom stuff, I am now finally turning my long-time photography hobby into a business called Team Mom Baseball Photography!
Check out my website at www.teammombaseballphotography.com or my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/teammombaseballphotography/. If you live in the Atlanta area, I would love to capture some sports images of your athlete!!#makingmemories #loveofthegame
Like everyone else I’m sure, I am still “on a high” from game 7 of the World Series!! What an incredible game that was! That was probably the most exciting game we’ll ever see…especially a game 7 of a World Series!
I am a Loyal Atlanta Braves Fan, but knew the Cubs were having a great season. We lived in Chicago for a short time, only 6 months. I have been temporarily rooting for them during the NLDS and NLCS. After all, the Cubs have Former Braves David Ross, Jason Heyward, Tommy LaStella, and assistant hitting coach, Eric Hinske.
About a month ago, my 11 year old son asked me who I thought was going to win the World Series, I confidently said, “Cubs all the Way!!” For some reason, I knew… They had won 103 games this season and had been gaining such momentum! I was just feeling that they could do it!
Sure enough. They did it! I’m so happy for them that they were able to come back and WIN…especially after trailing the series 3-1!
I mean, WOW!
And I am intrigued for many reasons:
- The 100 year curse…the Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908.
- There are some that have never in their lifetime have ever seen their Cubs WIN a World Series. I can’t imagine.
- How emotional this is for many…. Fathers and Grandfathers that influenced their now grown children to love the Cubs from their childhood..and those “children” get to see the Cubs be CHAMPIONS.
- Five years ago, the Cubs LOST 101 games! Since then, they have built their way back winning more games each year until reaching a winning season of 103 games in 2016!
- And why? 2 words: Theo Epstein! He is the President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs. He worked wonders with the Boston Red Sox, leading them to their first World Series Championship in 86 years in 2004 AND 2007. He took over the Cubs in 2011 to rebuild this franchise and told the Cubs Fans five years ago, “just be patient”.
I can’t imagine how he and the Cubs Organization must feel today.
I’m also very impressed with the Cleveland Indians who kept pushing and fighting all the way to the end. They are a talented bunch of guys. If you told me when they were leading the Series 3-1 that the Cubs would come back and win the entire World Series, I would be be shocked…
What a great World Series! Congratulations to all the Fans that have waited for so long!
History was made last night!
What a great love we have for the Game of Baseball!
Only 161 days to go until Opening Day!
I love music. Really good music. I am a musician also but I love to be entertained by a wide variety of styles of music. Live music is the best. I appreciate the work that goes into it.
Through the years as my children have gotten older, they will remember music playing in the house pretty much all of the time. Music touches the soul.
Outdoor concerts during the summer are one of my most favorite things to do. This past summer, there was an outdoor concert series at a park in our community. I was all in! The Shadowboxers were scheduled to come in concert at the end of September. My daughter looked up their music and was like, “Mom, these guys are really good!” It doesn’t take much for me to be on board. Did I mention, I love music?
So, we made our plans to see The Shadowboxers at this outdoor concert… Let me tell you guys…. This is what the World has been Missing!
They have a style that is unique. A combination of pop, rock, funk, jazz, also known as soulful pop. One thing is for sure…. it is good stuff and I am a new fan!
This was the BEST show that I have seen in a really long time!
I found out that this band formed in Atlanta and moved to Nashville last year to pursue their music. They recently did a cover of Justin Timberlake’s Pusher Love Girl that was actually noticed by Justin Timberlake, he contacted The Shadowboxers wanting to know their story. It wasn’t long after that J.T. was hopping up on stage for a surprise performance with The Shadowboxers at their concert. Now, as I understand it, Justin Timberlake will be helping produce in future projects.
Since moving there, there is quite the buzz in Nashville about these guys with several big name influences.
As much as I love music, I really love these guys! They really have something special.
So, if you are looking for an evening of fun, really great music, do yourself a favor and see The Shadowboxers in concert.
You will be glad you did.
For Tickets to Upcoming Shows: Click the Link Below
My daughter and I with The Shadowboxers (Adam, Carlos, Matt, Cole, Scott)