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Truist Park - Atlanta Braves


Photos by David Welch and Lloyd Brown, Stadium Journey

Stadium Info FANFARE Score: 3.57

Truist Park 755 Battery Ave Atlanta, GA 30339


Year Opened: 2017

Capacity: 41,084

 

Welcome to Braves Country

Truist Park has been the home of the Atlanta Braves since 2017. It is in suburban Cobb County, just outside of Atlanta’s ring road, I-285. The stadium has a seating capacity of just over 41,000 seats. In addition to Braves home games, Truist has hosted college baseball games, music concerts, and even church services.  Truist Park is the anchor for The Battery Atlanta, a mixed-use development with bars, shops, restaurants, a hotel, several office buildings, and an apartment complex. It will serve as the host ballpark for the MLB All-Star Game in 2025.


Food & Beverage 3

There are two sit-down restaurants located in Truist Park. The Terrapin Taproom is located next to the Battery gate into the ballpark. It is open year-round in addition to gamedays. The second is only open during home games. It sits atop the right field wall. Patrons of the Chophouse can sit outside in specially outfitted seats with a great chance to catch a home run ball.


The former Xfinity Rooftop high above the third baseline is now the Blue Moon Beer Garden. It serves the widest variety of Molson Coors beer options in the park. There is a rotating set of food stalls to complement your selected beer.


There are a variety of food and beverage stands along the concourse. Classic Treats sells hot dogs, pretzels, fries, and candy ballpark standards. Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A also has multiple locations around the park.  Pizza enthusiasts can get their fix at The Slice.


Those who need to cool off from one of those hot and humid summer days in Atlanta can choose from the King of Pops frozen popsicles, Mayfield ice cream, or Dippin' Dots.


Beverages include bottled water, Coca-Cola brand sodas (is there another brand of soda sold in Atlanta?)  Adult beverages sold at Truist Park include the following brands: Coors, Blue Moon, Corona, Leinenkugel, Miller, Sam Adams, Terrapin, and Yuengling.


Each season the Braves and their concessions partner add some new specialty food items to the stadium menu. This season these items include “The Big Queso”- One pound of grilled marinated chicken with Chihuahua cheese, pressed between grilled golden brown sourdough bread and spicy queso sauce. “The Grand Slam Nacho” – Two feet of tricolor tortilla chips, topped with jalapeno queso, chicken Tinga, black bean and corn salsa, salsa verde, salsa roja and lime crema. “Uncle Charlie’s Chicken” – Hand-breaded deep-fried chicken breast, dipped in a spicy sauce. Topped with bread and butter pickles and served on a hardy pretzel bun. The “Pitcher’s Mound” – A generous helping of waffle fries topped with slow-smoked brisket. Served nacho style with spicy cheese sauce, pico de gallo, salsa roja, and lime crema. The “Perimeter Dog features a foot-long, half-pound hot dog topped with sweet bacon jam, spicy sport peppers, diced Vidalia onions, and lemon-pepper Dijonnaise sauce.


Atmosphere 4

Truist Park provides a wonderful atmosphere to enjoy an evening or afternoon at the ballpark. First-time visitors may want to walk around the exterior plaza that encircles the stadium. There are statues of several prominent Braves located at each gate of the stadium. These statues salute Bobby Cox, Phil Niekro, and Warren Spahn.


Once inside the ballpark, fans need to head to the Braves Monument Garden along the first base concourse. This area features several displays about the history of the Braves and exhibits on the Braves uniforms of the past, balls from significant games in the Brave's history, and a look at the equipment used by Braves players in key games. The centerpiece of this area is a statue of home-run king Hank Aaron. Behind his statue is an art installation of 755 bats, reflecting his career total of home runs.



Truist Park also caters to the younger fans. They probably enjoy the game for a while, then get kind of cranky and restless. The outfield concourse has a children’s area known as the Hope and Will Sandlot. It is set up like a carnival midway, with lots of games, a zipline, and visits with various animated characters. It is a great way to keep the kids happy and helps them burn off the excess energy,


The Braves do a great job of entertaining the fans before, during, and after a game. The Heavy Hitters drum team performs before games in the plaza outside of Truist Park. Once inside, Blooper, the team mascot, keeps you laughing at his antics. Atlanta’s version of the character race features a hammer, a paint can, and a drill from Home Depot, as the hardware chain is based in Atlanta. A second race features a fan in the stands against “The Freeze”, a costumed sprinter. Despite a sizeable difference in the ground covered, the Freeze is usually the first to cross the finish line.


Neighborhood 4

The area surrounding Truist Park is a live/work/play development known as the Battery Atlanta. It is located just outside of the Chop House gate of the ballpark. The Battery Atlanta features more than a dozen restaurants, including Antico Pizza, Fox Brothers BBQ, Superica, and Goldberg’s. There are also several entertainment venues in the area, including Punch Bowl Social and the Coca-Cola Roxy concert facility. Two office towers serve as the regional headquarters for Comcast and Truist Bank. There are three apartment complexes on site as well.


Fans can book a hotel in the Battery Atlanta complex and stay just outside of the outfield gates for Truist Park. Brands include The Doubletree Suites at the Battery Atlanta, the Hampton Inn and Suites Atlanta-Galleria, and the Omni Hotel at the Battery Atlanta. The Omni Hotel features a rooftop pool that overlooks the playing field, allowing hotel guests to enjoy the games without paying for tickets.


The Battery Atlanta is open year round. In addition to the earnings produced by the complex, it also functions as a pre or postgame hangout for fans, which helps to spread out the traffic arriving before the game or leaving after the game.


Fans 4

The Braves enjoy one of the most engaged fanbases in Major League Baseball, as Truist Park was 96% full for every game in the 2023 season. The team saw more than three million fans come through the gates during the campaign, placing it in fourth place in the MLB. It is easy to understand, as the Braves had 104 victories, won yet another division title, and had the MLB MVP in Ronald Acuna playing right field and stealing more than 70 bases in 2023.


The Braves have broad geographic support due to being the first MLB franchise in the South and its long history of being one of the pioneers in cable television. A quick check of the out-of-state license plates in the parking areas confirms the Brave's strong reach.


While there will always be a difference of opinions on the Tomahawk Chop, the fans don’t hesitate to do the Chop during a Braves’ rally.


Access 3

Atlanta is a city that is notorious for its traffic jams. However, Truist Park is a great improvement over its predecessors in that it can be approached from several directions, while both Atlanta Fulton County Stadium and Turner Field were on the very congested Downtown Connector (I-75/I-85). Truist Park is located at the I-285/I-75 interchange on the north side of Atlanta. Anyone using a driving direction app should use 755 Battery Avenue Atlanta, GA 30339 for Truist Park.


Fans staying in the downtown Atlanta area can take the CobbLinc bus route 10 from the Arts Center MARTA station. This is an express route. Take the bus to the bus stop located at the corner of Windy Ridge Parkway and Cobb Parkway (NOTE: This route does not operate on Sundays).


Rideshares will drop fans off/pick up fans along Windy Ridge Parkway, which is adjacent to the Battery.

Parking is available at both the Red and Silver Decks adjacent to the Battery.


There are also numerous surface parking areas along Circle 75 Parkway, Interstate North Parkway, and Windy Ridge Parkway, all of which are less than a five-minute walk from the stadium. For information on parking locations and fees, go to www.mlb.com/braves/ballpark/parking. Fees vary by opponent and the lot’s distance from the ballpark. Parking must be purchased in advance at the above web address.


Persons with disabilities that need specific assistance as far as parking, seating, or other issues should contact the Braves at 404-577-9100, extension 5, or send an email to accessibleservices@braves.com  in advance of the day you plan to attend a game so that arrangements can be made.


Return on Investment 3

The Braves utilize dynamic pricing for tickets. Games against a division rival or a marquee opponent will be more expensive than tickets for a less important game. The Braves rank in the middle of MLB rankings for ticket prices.


It is important to understand that Truist Park has a cantilevered design in the seating bowl, resulting in some upper deck seating being closer to the action than a seat at the 100 level of the ballpark. This can result in significant savings on tickets. Seats in the outfield provide a better opportunity to catch a ball, as Truist Park has netting that extends down the foul lines.


Parking at Truist Park ranges between $17-$52 for home games. The closer the parking is the stadium, the higher the cost. The rates are also higher for games that feature a division rival or other marquee games.


Extras 4

To cut down on the carbon imprint of the ballpark, the Braves are introducing the use of aluminum cups at all bar locations and club locations throughout the stadium. This will be a new addition to the existing Green Team Recycling Program.


 Truist Park has made major improvements to its Clubhouse Store that are designed to get fans through the store and checkout much quicker so they can get back to their seats without missing much of the action. The store has been expanded by 1500 feet. There is a section of the store dedicated to just the jersey selection and game-used merchandise. The number of checkout stations has been doubled.


The Braves celebrated the 50th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s 715th home run to pass Babe Ruth through several special events during the 2024 season.


The video board in center field provides constant updates on the game statistics and information on upcoming events.


Final Thoughts

Truist Park is everything fans could ask for in a baseball experience. The overall experience at Truist Park is top-notch when factoring in The Battery and the excitement of the product on the field.




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