SunTrust Park - Atlanta

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SunTrust Park - Atlanta

Postby themetfairy » Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:36 pm

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Atlanta's new home isn't a bad place to watch a game, but it was a totally unnecessary move. Turner Field was lovely, and much better located.

Should the location matter? When the logistics of getting back from a game get in the way of enjoying the game experience, then it does factor in. Getting there isn't horrible - if you aren't driving then you can take an Uber of Lyft. There's a sprawling area of restaurants and other places to grab a meal before the game, which is nice.

The stadium itself is fine. Yeah, there's a lot of Braves memorabilia, but it is their home. Fun fact - I never knew that Casey Stengel once managed the Boston Braves until I saw it mentioned in their team museum, which is easily accessible to all fans and is located on the field level.

One cool feature is that you can borrow a glove for the game. If you like the glove, you can purchase it at a discount after the game.

The seating areas are fine - nothing special, nothing terrible. The food concessions are mundane and repetitive - it's much better to grab a bite outside the park before the game.

And you do have to grab your bites before the game, because after the game the lovely sprawling area of restaurants is a ghost town. Seriously - with games that don't start until 7:35, shouldn't these places stay open for a while after the games?

Why is that important? Because post-game you have to deal with mob scenes. If you drive, there are huge traffic jams. If you don't drive, the walk to the designated Uber/Lyft pickup area is a total mob scene. And if you walk across the walkway to the nearby mall, the cabs that cruise by there will offer to give you a ride at a ridiculous markup (although you can haggle with them). Why didn't we take mass transit? Because it doesn't exist. There's some talk about eventually extending the transit line to the park, but it's nowhere near fruition. IOW, this park is woefully inadequate at dealing with crowds of people leaving en masse or giving them options about where to hang out while the crowds thin out a bit. I think they were in the process of building a hotel in very close proximity to the ballpark, which would be a nice option when it's open, but that will only help a small percentage of those who attend Braves games.

I hope their fan base is happy with the new place, although I can't see how most people can be.

Image - from July 4th pregame ceremony.

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Re: SunTrust Park - Atlanta

Postby A Boy Named Seo » Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:06 pm

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themetfairy wrote:
One cool feature is that you can borrow a glove for the game. If you like the glove, you can purchase it at a discount after the game.



Although having some strange, borrowed piece of leather on your hand instead of the trusty mitt that you've gone to battle with for years would seemingly increase the chance of you muffing that rare foul ball catch opportunity, I am still in favor this cool, little park perk.
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Re: SunTrust Park - Atlanta

Postby Benjamin Grimm » Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:09 pm

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I completely missed Turner Field. The one time I went to Atlanta to see baseball was in 1992, when the Braves were still at Fulton County Stadium.

Re: SunTrust Park - Atlanta

Postby themetfairy » Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:29 pm

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A Boy Named Seo wrote:
themetfairy wrote:
One cool feature is that you can borrow a glove for the game. If you like the glove, you can purchase it at a discount after the game.



Although having some strange, borrowed piece of leather on your hand instead of the trusty mitt that you've gone to battle with for years would seemingly increase the chance of you muffing that rare foul ball catch opportunity, I am still in favor this cool, little park perk.


it's a nice option if you're traveling with carry-on luggage and don't have room to pack a mitt.
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Re: SunTrust Park - Atlanta

Postby Frayed Knot » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:27 pm

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A Boy Named Seo wrote:
themetfairy wrote:
One cool feature is that you can borrow a glove for the game. If you like the glove, you can purchase it at a discount after the game.



Although having some strange, borrowed piece of leather on your hand instead of the trusty mitt that you've gone to battle with for years would seemingly increase the chance of you muffing that rare foul ball catch opportunity, I am still in favor this cool, little park perk.


It's essentially a sales pitch from the Mizuno corp. They have a permanent location at the park where they'll not just loan you a glove for the game but also help you with advice and fitting for when you
want to buy one which you can do right there at the park or they hope that the brand name will be planted in your head if you buy a glove elsewhere.
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Re: SunTrust Park - Atlanta

Postby MFS62 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:41 pm

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Benjamin Grimm wrote:I completely missed Turner Field. The one time I went to Atlanta to see baseball was in 1992, when the Braves were still at Fulton County Stadium.

I saw a game at Turner Field. You got a great view of the Atlanta downtown from the upper deck.

And, I was over 50 at the time and they carded me when I ordered a beer.

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Re: SunTrust Park - Atlanta

Postby batmagadanleadoff » Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:46 pm

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themetfairy wrote:
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Beautiful scoreboard.

Not like the Mets.

Re: SunTrust Park - Atlanta

Postby bmfc1 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:44 am

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My favorite part of the new Atlanta ballpark is the museum which is built into the concourse (not an afterthought) so you have to pass it as you walk around the lower level. It highlights Henry Aaron (of course) but also the history of the franchise. Here are a few pictures including my salute to Glavine (which was part of a history of Braves unis) and another look at the main scoreboard (there is also an out-of-town scoreboard). https://photos.app.goo.gl/r0sSCuOgXK7BuhH53

Re: SunTrust Park - Atlanta

Postby Benjamin Grimm » Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:17 am

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Does the museum give appropriate attention to the years in Boston and Milwaukee?

Re: SunTrust Park - Atlanta

Postby bmfc1 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:18 am

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Yes. I added a picture to the shared album linked above.


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