The inaugural Braves home opener on Friday kicked off a new era in baseball for Atlanta and their team the Atlanta Braves. The new home of the Braves is nothing short of spectacular with all the bells and whistles. And to top it off, The Atlanta Braves won all three games over the weekend in the series opener against the San Diego Padres. Check out the Haute Guide to the New Atlanta Braves Experience.
The legendary Hank Aaron threw out the 1st pitch at the first game at SunTrust Park for the Atlanta Braves.
Best Seats in the House
The Suntrust Park Club Level Seats are the most expensive seats at SunTrust Park, located in the first five rows in sections 1-9 behind home plate. They are the only seats that provide access to the exclusive SunTrust Club. Other amenities of these seats include in-seat wait service, valet parking, all inclusive food and drink and access to the Delta Sky360 lounge. SunTrust Club ticket holders also have their own private stadium entrance. Problem is that thw $41,000 per season seats were the first to go. So, unless you snagged the premium seats early, you may want to explore some of the other premium options. These and other memberships including ones to the Delta Sky360 Club and the Infiniti Club are offered in a full season package only. We particularly like Infiniti Club, Premium A-Listers ticket holders will receive a ballpark experience unlike any other, regardless of the package you choose.
The SunTrust Park is filled with cool high-tech goodies. For starters, fans get the fastest wifi service compared to any other stadium in the country. Four water canons located just beyond center field are set to squirt massive water into the air when a Brave’s player hits a homerun. Braves have also partnered with Waze and fans are encouraged to use the app to navigate to your assigned parking and the likes of Atlanta traffic. The LED lighting and audio components are impressive and very high tech as well. Oh, and there are 800 hotspots located throughout the 41,000-seat stadium
Experience Much More than the Game: Battery Atlanta
This is kind of the “city” that surrounds the SunTrust Park and contributes to the whole experience. The Battery Atlanta features 1.5 million square feet of mixed use land that wraps around the park. According to their website, The Battery offers unparalleled entertained 365 days a year, not just on game days. The Battery is a curated blend of top chef-driven restaurants, crafty cocktail spots, entertainment venues and shopping. Oh, and there will be a luxury bowling spot as well as bull-riding karaoke area. The Battery Atlanta is also home to the Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre where music lovers will find a 4,000-seat venue for all genres of live music. (FYI..Lil Wayne is on the lineup for a May 8 performance).
Some of the Must-Try Eats
The food options are endless. From Atlanta favorites Antico and Hugh Acheson’s First & Third Dog & Sausage Shack with a menu that includes “elevated ballpark classics,” with most proteins sourced from Patak Meats in Austell. Another one we could not go without mentioning is Linton Hopkin’s H+F Burger located at the Top of the Chop and serving the best burger in the park.
The Mizuno Experience Center, the first of its kind in North America, lets people test running shoes on a simulator, create custom clubs and even rent gloves for the game. The Experience Center showcases the breadth of Mizuno premium gear available in North America across multiple sports categories, from baseball, softball & volleyball, to golf and running, and more. Mizuno, whose North American headquarters is based in Atlanta, is also proud to be the Official Baseball Gear Partner of the Braves. The Experience Center engages guests through interactive displays using RFID technology and specialized labs for each sport that allow guests the ability to touch, test and then purchase gear custom fit for them, aiding them in their quest to improve their performance, according to a press release. More retail will be opening in the coming months so stay tuned for more news.
See The Arts
Great baseball-themed art is all around the area, but if you have to choose one thing to see, we recommend the Lego piece made by Alpharetta artist Jason Williams. His latest piece “Tomahawk”, which is built on a LEGO count of 27,745 studs and more than 17,000 individual LEGO bricks, is featured in the main entrance corridor.
So Much More to Come
The 4-star Omni Hotel with rooms overlooking the field is expected to open early 2018. Even the pool will have great views of the game. Along with the hotel, expect a new slew of retail and restaurants to start popping up. Stay tuned for the latest Haute news from SunTrust Park.