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AdventHealth Stadium – Rome Braves

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AdventHealth Stadium 755 Braves Blvd Rome, GA 30161

Rome Braves website

AdventHealth Stadium website

Year Opened: 2003

Capacity: 5,105


When in Rome…

When the Rome Braves took to their home field to open the 2022 season, it was a brand new day in many ways. The 2021 offseason saw the stadium’s name change from State Mutual to AdventHealthAdventHealth, a new video board had been installed behind the outfield walls and both the lighting and sound systems at the venue had been upgraded. They were also the farm team that had given the professional start to many of the key players in the Atlanta Braves run to win the 2021 World Series.

The Rome Braves serve as the High Class A affiliate for the Atlanta Braves and they play in their longtime home of the South Atlantic League. The team has played in Rome since 2003, and its home stadium opened for the first time that same year. The stadium holds just over 5,000 fans and includes 14 suites, a full service restaurant and several group special event areas.

The dimensions of its field mimic the exact same measurements found at the former Turner Field, meaning there are no “cheap” home runs to come by at AdventHealth Stadium. It has the longest affiliation with the Atlanta Braves of any of the Braves minor league clubs.

Food & Beverage 4

AdventHealth Stadium offers a wide variety of food offerings. Most of the concession areas are along the concourse underneath the seating areas. Sliders and the Grand Slam Grill are the main concession stands, and they offer pizza ($8), nachos ($6), corn dogs ($6), footlong hot dogs ($8), hamburgers ($6), sausages ($9), cracker jacks ($4), chicken tenders ($7), popcorn ($3), and boiled peanuts ($4). Beverages include Coca-Cola brand sodas ($4), bottled water ($4), Powerade/energy drinks ($4), and ICEE sodas ($8).

A full-service restaurant, the Three River Club, offers indoor and patio seating immediately behind home plate. Its menu includes hamburgers ($15), chicken sandwiches ($13), a Philly cheesesteak ($15), a spinach wrap ( $12), a chicken tender basket ($13), and fish tacos ($16). The restaurant is open to anyone with a club level ticket.

Chick-fil-A also has a stand offering chicken sandwiches ($6), a chicken wrap ($10), brownies ($3), milkshakes ($6), and tea ($4). The Chick-fil-A stand is not open for Sunday games.

The Sweet Spot is a dessert stand, and it offers waffle cones ($4 ), ice cream sundaes ( $5 ), root beer floats ( $6), coffee ($3), funnel cakes ($8), and cotton candy ($4).

The ballpark offers special savings on a stadium concession item several days of the week. Fans can enjoy $2 Tuesdays where hot dogs, popcorn, and drinks are all two bucks. Weenie Wednesdays offer a buy one, get one free special on hot dogs. On Thirsty Thursdays beers are $2 for a 12-ounce draft.

The adult beverages include Miller and Coors brands. The cost is $6 for a 16-ounce can. Craft beers are available on a rotating basis and cost $6 for a 12-ounce can.

Atmosphere 3

The staff at AdventHealth Stadium work hard to assure everyone at the ballgame has a good time. They are not overly officious in enforcing where you sit if there are a lot of empty seats. The seating bowl has you close to the field, and there is not a bad seat in the house. There is some sort of entertainment or fan involvement in games or contests during breaks in the action.

There are 11 fan suites atop the seating bowl at AdventHealth Stadium. The suites are climate-controlled and feature both inside and outside seating. The suites have wait staff assigned and have access to a full bar.

The stadium has a variety of special seating areas for groups attending the games. Groups of 40 or more can use the Terrace at the top of the stadium. This area is a new addition to the stadium in 2022. It offers a buffet dinner with a full bar and TV featuring a variety of sports programming. A second group area is in the right field, and it includes picnic tables and a lighter fare of food.

Home Run Hill is a grass berm beyond the right field wall. Fans can bring a blanket and enjoy a different perspective of the game. .

Neighborhood 2

AdventHealth Stadium is located on Veterans Memorial Highway, which is a perimeter highway around downtown Rome. The only other business nearby is the Bella Roma restaurant, which serves Italian food. It is adjacent to the stadium.

Downtown Rome is only three miles from the stadium, and it is well worth the short drive before or after the game. The city is famous for the three rivers that made it a center for transportation as well as a textile center, due to the many mills located in the city during the 1800s. The city is also home to Berry College, which has the world’s largest college campus based on acreage. Rome also has several historical sites related to the Cherokee Indian Nation. The Trail of Tears began in the Rome area and ended in Oklahoma. There are numerous bars and restaurants located in the downtown area.

Fans 4

The Rome Braves have a very loyal fanbase. The fans know that they have the opportunity to see the Braves stars of the future as they begin their journey to “The Show” and they want to be able to tell their children and grandchildren about it. They enjoy the same unique cheers of the parent club, and they love to do “the chop” during Rome Braves rallies on the field.

Rome fans are very friendly with visitors and often recommend local restaurants and shops to visitors. They are quick to show Southern hospitality.

Access 3

All roads lead to Rome… if you don’t mind being more than 20 miles off the interstate. Rome is west of I-75 and close to the Georgia/Alabama state line. The stadium is accessible by some major four-lane state highways.

From Atlanta: Take I-75 North to exit 290 (Rome/Canton). Turn left and follow Highway 20/411 for 22 miles. Just before reaching downtown, turn right onto Highway 1 (Veterans Memorial Highway) and stay on it for 7 miles. AdventHealth Stadium will be on your right at the Riverside Parkway intersection.

From Chattanooga: Take I-75 South to exit 312 (Calhoun). Turn right on Highway 53 West for 20 miles. Turn right at the intersection of Highway 53 and Highway 1. The stadium will be 1.5 miles on the right side of Highway 1 and Riverside Parkway.

Once at the stadium, you will find the stadium easy to navigate. There are six entry gates available and the seating bowl provides excellent signage to guide you to your section.

Return on Investment 4

A day or night out at a Rome Braves game should not cost you an arm and a leg. Tickets are available at several price points, with the general admission tickets available for only $6 and the most expensive seats behind the plate costing $15. Admission prices quoted are pre-sale prices. Day of game ticket prices are $3/ticket more. Parking at AdventHealth Stadium is $5. The regular concession stands offer a wide variety of items at very reasonable prices. Several days of the week feature special pricing on concession items, which will save you even more on your purchases. The prices at the Three River Club are expensive for what you are getting.

Extras 4

Many key players in the Atlanta Braves 2021 World Series Championship Season got their professional start with the Rome Braves. They include Ronald Acuna, Ozzie Albies, Freddie Freeman, Max Fried, A.J. Minter, and Austin Riley. The World Series Trophy traveled to Rome during the offseason, giving fans a chance to share in the World Series celebration.

AdventHealth Stadium also hosts the Georgia High School State Championship baseball games each year.

There is an interesting exhibit about the origins of baseball in the Rome area. Three rivers run through the town, and as a result, Rome was a large mill town. Each mill sponsored a baseball team made up of its workers as a way to build team spirit. These teams played in what was known as the Textile League. Teams fought tooth and nail each season to take home the League Championship. The exhibit is in the concourse area under the stands.

The Braves have three mascots from one family. These blue characters include Romey, who is the father, and Roxie, his wife. They have a son, Roman, who is easily identified by his Roman centurion helmet. They roam through the stands throughout the game and are very agreeable to having their photo taken.

Final Thoughts

The Rome Braves are the longest affiliated team in the Atlanta Braves farm system. The club is a launching point for many of the World Champion Atlanta Braves key players. AdventHealth Stadium has been the home of the Rome Braves since 2003, and it offers a fantastic fan experience in the lovely northwestern section of the state of Georgia.

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