Grand Slam at SunTrust Park

And the home of the brave


Ansley Berry, Associate Editor

The Atlanta Braves ended their 2016 season with many wins, memories, and accomplishments; now it’s time for them to move on to bigger things. On April 13, 2017, SunTrust Park’s grand opening welcomed the Atlanta Braves players and their families to their new home. Even though the unfamiliar ballpark is their new home, they will always remember when and where it all started for the Braves; April 4, 1997, at Turner Field.

The ballpark was built across the street from the former home of the Braves, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium which was demolished in 2007 and was transformed into a parking lot. Turner Field, which use to be the Centennial Olympic Stadium in 1996 got remodeled for the Braves baseball team. The Braves played at the stadium for nineteen years, played a total of thirty eight postseason games, and had a win-loss record of 951-668-1. On October 2, 2016, the Braves played their final game against the Detroit Tigers, producing a 1-0 win. Although the stadium once belonged to the Braves, it will shortly be home to Georgia State University’s football program.

SunTrust Park is a baseball stadium located in the Atlanta metropolitan area ten miles northwest of Downtown Atlanta in Cobb County, next to the highway interchange between I-75 and I-285. Suntrust Park has many features such as an intimate configuration, a water feature, foul ball protection, air conditioning on every level, and a Monument Garden and statues. The playing surface is a type of grass called “Seashore Paspalum, Platinum TE.” There are three evergreen trees in the “batter’s eye” area just beyond the center-field wall, it also includes boulders and a waterfall/water feature. There is also expanded protection from foul balls, the protective netting extends from behind the home plate to the far ends of both dugouts. The Monument Garden also has innovations such as audio, light and water elements; the focal point of the garden is the statue of Hank Aaron and a statue of former manager Bobby Cox.  

Not only did the Braves score a new ballpark, they also gained an entertainment district called The Battery Atlanta. According to The Battery Atlanta website, The Battery is “the south’s preeminent lifestyle destination. Anchored by SunTrust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves, The Battery Atlanta will be a sports and entertainment experience unlike any other.” They go on to say that it offers an unprecedented entertainment experience 365 days a year, not just on game days. The Battery is also home to the Coca-Cola Roxy Theater, where music lovers will find a 4,000-seat venue for all genres of music.

Although we will miss Turner Field, we will enjoy making new memories at SunTrust Park, season after season.

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