Suntrust Park, New Home of the Atlanta Braves
I’ve been in Atlanta for about a week now and lucky me, the Braves were in town the whole time! I wanted to catch a night game because this August Atlanta heat can be pretty unbearable but ended up going to a Sunday afternoon game instead.
I was a huge fan of Turner Field, I used to drive down for the day to catch a game when I was younger, so I did have to take a spin over there for old time’s sake. It looked so sad without the huge crowds around it, preparing for game day, but times change and we have to change with them!
What to Eat
I was pleasantly surprised by SunTrust Park and the retail and dining area around it called The Battery Atlanta. It is very similar to Patriot Place, outside Gillette Stadium. Some of the restaurants haven’t opened yet but the big ones next to the stadium were rocking – Terrapin Taproom, Todd English Tavern – love his restaurants in NYC, Antico, and YardHouse – always a fun time.
The Coors Light Chop House is really cool. There is a spectator bridge outside of the park, a deck on the restaurant looking into right field, and a seating area at field level. Waffle House even has an outpost in the stadium, because, who doesn’t love a waffle with a side of Braves baseball??
If you didn’t know that I’m the Popcorn Queen, now you do. I LOVE popcorn, I could eat it every day and go through phases of doing just that. One of my favorite things at the park is that each stand has a different flavor of popcorn to go with their type of cuisine, such as BBQ Spice at the Smokey O stations or Jalapeño Cheddar at the Sausage Haus.
I was feeling a bit under the weather so I kept my intake basic with a bag of peanuts and a frozen lemonade to beat the heat. However, H&F Burgers smelled insanely delicious, and First & Third Hot Dog & Sausage Shack, had a spotlight during the game. They boast 4 or 5 different types of hot dogs and bratwursts which looked so good, I will 100% be back and plop my ass there!
Things to do
The Monument Garden inside the stadium is a really beautiful tribute to the team and its history. There is a Hank Aaron statue with a video about him, as well as bats and gloves to commemorate all of the Braves who are now in Cooperstown. One of my favorite pieces is an autographed champagne bottle from the 1995 World Series. The area tends to be a bit crowded pre game and during the 7th when I walked over there. I would suggest maybe popping over there in the middle of the game to check it out.
We walked around the battery for a while to take in the scene of Braves fans. For as hot as it was, the crowd was so energetic. We made our way inside and checked out Will & Hope’s Sandlot, an area for kids with zip lining, batting cages, and carnival games. There were lots of kids running around with sticky smiles on their faces. Just the way kids should be on a Sunday afternoon at the ballpark.
Bottomline – if you are in Atlanta and the team is home, at least make your way to the Battery. Its visible how much those fans love their team and catching on to that energy is awesome! Maybe you’ll be luckier than me and see a win!