KatieHeissenbuttel, Sports Editor
After a year of building Atlanta’s new stadiums, Suntrust Park is complete and ready for the Braves upcoming season, while Mercedes-Benz stadium is still under construction. However, reports indicate that the new Atlanta Falcons stadium will be done in time for the 2017 season.
The Braves have had many fields to call home over the course of one hundred and three years: South End Grounds, Braves Field, Milwaukee County Stadium, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Turner Field–and now Suntrust Park. On March 6, 2017 the Atlanta Braves posted a video on Facebook of the new Suntrust Park, with the caption “Ladies & gentlemen, we have a field!” With the new stadium opening this spring, the tickets are likely to be in high demand.
Another element sure to boost ticket sales is the Battery Atlanta. Ready to welcome fans and visitors on Opening Day of 2017, the Battery will be the preeminent sports and entertainment venue in the country. The Battery will redefine the traditional model of a “live, work, play” development into a “play, work, stay” destination, with SunTrust Park as its crown jewel. The entirety of the project will create a lively shopping and entertainment district accessible 365 days a year. Another bonus of the Battery Atlanta is there is the Omni Hotel right next to the ballpark.
One major concern that people had with this new park was the lack accessibility. To address this issue the Braves will offer over 11,000 parking spaces, Uber and bus transportation.
As of now Mercedes-Benz stadium is still under construction, they are almost completely finished with the glass windows and the outside of the stadium. Home of the largest video board in professional sports, fans won’t miss a moment. Mercedes-Benz Stadium is going to be spectacular, with a Falcon wing-like exterior that utilizes the latest in innovative and transparent building materials, providing a breathtaking view of the city. Also the stadium will include a retractable roof, a 360-degree HD video Halo board, an exterior fan plaza, a 100-yard bar, a technology lounge and more than 21,000 parking spaces. In addition to being located near three Marta stations, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium will incorporate the latest in sustainable advancements related to design, construction and operations, water conservation, renewable energy, energy usage reduction and alternative transportation.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank commented, “We focused from the beginning on building a unique fan experience at Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a goal of helping those who visit to leave the stadium with great memories shared with family and friends, not aggravation and frustration about their experience.” The overall construction of Suntrust Park and Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be an improvement to Atlanta, and will house many more events to make memories.