It’s the first time SunTrust Park has had to prepare for some serious October action. And it’s the first time the Atlanta Braves themselves have had to ponder fall baseball since 2013.
Yes, the NLDS is nigh in Cobb County.
A lot still isn’t known. When asked Sept. 27 about plans for parking along with traffic and tailgating, Braves spokeswoman Beth Marshall said that’s all still fluid.
Marshall said many of those plans depend on when they find out the starting times for games.
She said she expected that information to come early next week.
Below you can find everything that is known about how to navigate SunTrust Park during this NLDS run.
You’ve found the best parking guide this side of the Chattahoochee. (For out-of-towners, that’s a river. Some people call it “The Hooch.”)
No matter the gameplan for parking during the NLDS, the Braves predicated their entire parking system upon you figuring it out ahead of time and buying a parking pass early online. There are about 14,000 official parking spots at SunTrust. The late Turner Field had almost 8,700.
The fried tomahawk pork chop sandwich is sold at the Braves Big Bites stand in Section C113. (CHRIS HUNT /SPECIAL TO THE AJC)
From peanuts and Cracker Jacks to oysters and mofongo, there’s lots to each at the ballpark and its attached mixed-use behemoth The Battery.
There are joints from celebrity chefs like “Top Chef” judge Hugh Acheson and Atlanta food scene staple Linton Hopkins.
But don’t you dare pass up fried tomahawk pork chop or the only Waffle House outpost that sells beer.
No sticks nor clubs, and leave your brooms at home. Booze and rollerblades are also a no-go.
If you were planning on bringing all those things in:
1. We should party together.
2. You should really read the rules.
Speaking of rules, SunTrust Park has some particular ones that might be good to know about.
For instance, you get something out of being a designated driver besides sloppy pats on the back. And, there’s a gluten-free concession stand.
Also, no selfie sticks.
If you’re staying in a hotel, we’re assuming you’re from out of town. So welcome to Cobb County!
Here’s a primer: We recently got a baseball stadium, in case you hadn’t heard about it. We can be hip, but we’re known as a slowly changing suburb. We use a 56-foot-tall animatronic chicken to give directions — The Big Chicken, it’s a thing.
Now that we’ve been introduced, we appreciate y’all spending money here.
This one is also (presumably) for the non-Atlantans. The stadium has 41,000 seats and that means you might need some help finding yours.
Clicking the link above will also tell you when the gates open, if you really want to get to your seat.
One more tip for those visiting: DON’T CALL IT HOTLANTA.
With the claim of being the oldest continually operating MLB team comes some history.
Just take the Hank Aaron goodies: there’s things to look for of all sizes, from small silhouettes of Hank Aaron’s famous 715th home run on each aisle’s end seat to a statue of Hammerin’ Hank.
There are plenty more.
There’s been no word on how or if tailgating will be affected by the NLDS run.
But, in general, there are lots of rules and you should follow all of them.
And then there’s The Battery, which has many bars.
This right here is for the real fans.
Batting practice is a great way to see a more relaxed version of the players you see on television.
There are even different packages you can guy to get a full BP experience.
Time lapse video: Braves baseball at SunTrust Park