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Monday, December 03, 2018

Taking Back the Ballparks - Atlanta Braves

We’re down to just two parks remaining. We’re tucking this one at the very back because I don’t have a lot to say about it. I was going to invite Sam into provide some insight, but I don’t know how long the banhammer fell on him.

SunTrust (I think that’s right) is the youngest ballpark in the game, and a park that I hope doesn’t begin an exodus from the central city to the suburbs. Of all the trends that accompanied the ballpark boom of the last 20 years, the movement back to highly dense areas in the city from paved nowheres in the suburbs, exurbs or beyurbs* is one of the best. And yes, tailgate-loving Wisconsinites, your objections are noted for the record.

This one might be a bit of a challenge. We may be limited on the geographic and historic fronts, given its home in the distinction-challenged Cobb County. 

And we’d better do this quick. The Braves spent 30 years in Fulton County, then 20 seasons in Turner Field. At present rates, they ought to be angling for a new field fairly soon.

*How many of you wondered for a second if beyurbs really was another stupid new name for a city’s outer reaches that you hadn’t heard yet, and not just a name I created for this exercise?

Ballpark History

Built: 2017

Capacity: 41,084

Name: Sun Trust, 2017-present

Other ballparks used by club in its current city: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, 1966-2016, Turner Field, 1997-2016.

Distinctive Features: Fast-growing evergreens in centerfield batter’s eye; Monument Garden behind home plate; presumably incriminating photos of Cobb County Commissioners stashed somewhere in the facility.


Ballpark Highlights:

On April 8, 2017, Georgia defeated Missouri 6-1 in the first game in the new park, witnessed by 33,000 fans. Almost certainly some of them were not under the impression it was a spring football game.

On April 14, the Braves beat San Diego 5-2 in the home opener. Ender Inciarte became the first player to register an out, a hit, a run and a homer in the new park. He also became the first, and possibly last, Ender.

In 2017, fans marveled at the Freeze, a crazy-fast, turquoise-suited freak who chased down competitors on the warning track in the rare between-innings entertainment that was totally worth watching.

In Game 3 of the 2018 NLCS, rookie sensation Ronald Acuna hit a grand slam to propel the hosts to a 6-5 victory over the visiting Dodgers, making the Braves the first team to win division series games in three different home ballparks (a feat we can only hope stands for a while).

SoSH U at work Posted: December 03, 2018 at 10:18 AM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: December 03, 2018 at 12:06 PM (#5793372)
The Bypass.
   2. Ziggy's screen name Posted: December 03, 2018 at 12:28 PM (#5793387)
Cobb Stadium. Works for both the location and the state's favorite (?) son.
   3. McCoy Posted: December 03, 2018 at 12:34 PM (#5793390)
Well, my wife and I call them the Marietta Braves so Cobb Stadium works for me but I wills say that a lot of people just refer to the area nowadays. "Going to The Battery to get some pizza and catch a game". I wouldn't be upset if it gets called The Battery.
   4. Man o' Schwar Posted: December 03, 2018 at 12:34 PM (#5793391)
Cobb Stadium. Works for both the location and the state's favorite (?) son.

I see mobs of protesters in your future.
   5. McCoy Posted: December 03, 2018 at 12:36 PM (#5793392)
As an aside doesn't anyone get the feeling that The Battery is a boondoggle that is going to have lots of vacant storefronts? Achies and Todd English's places have already closed. A few of the other ones look like they aren't going to be around for years and there are still tons of open spots available. The Patel place looks like it has stalled as the construction hasn't moved forward in a year. Does anyone think Mizuno, Harley Davidson, the expensive baseball centered gift store, and stationary store are going to last?
   6. stig-tossled, hornswoggled gef the typing mongoose Posted: December 03, 2018 at 01:01 PM (#5793416)
Does anyone think Mizuno, Harley Davidson, the expensive baseball centered gift store, and stationary store are going to last?


At least one of those won't, by definition, be moving.
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 03, 2018 at 01:06 PM (#5793422)
Disposable Stadium.
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 03, 2018 at 01:06 PM (#5793423)
At least one of those won't, by definition, be moving.
Golf clap.
   9. Rusty Priske Posted: December 03, 2018 at 01:10 PM (#5793425)
Hank Aaron Field
   10. Rusty Priske Posted: December 03, 2018 at 01:10 PM (#5793426)
My real suggestion involves a suggestion of a team name change so goes out of the scope of this project...
   11. McCoy Posted: December 03, 2018 at 01:13 PM (#5793430)
Disposable Stadium.

I don't know if anything you see while sitting at your seat is truly memorable or unique. There is no amazing skyline or unique scoreboard or artwork or anything like that. It is a thoroughly modern park in that they have purposefully installed "quirks" in their seating while also offering premium seat experiences. The catered seat sections with personal TV are great if you don't have to pay for them but what you're actually watching isn't anything new. There are also seating areas that have I think personal cooling holes for your drinks.
   12. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 03, 2018 at 01:17 PM (#5793432)
The catered seat sections with personal TV
Wait...you pay more to go to the ballpark and watch the game on TV??
   13. McCoy Posted: December 03, 2018 at 01:20 PM (#5793436)
Well, you can or you can watch other games or content on the TV while watching the live game.
   14. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 03, 2018 at 02:11 PM (#5793471)
Cobb Stadium. Works for both the location and the state's favorite (?) son.

Seconded.

FYI, just ordered the Cobb biography "Ty Cobb, a Terrible Beauty". Looking forward to it.
   15. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: December 03, 2018 at 02:12 PM (#5793472)
Cumberland-Cobb County Stadium
   16. McCoy Posted: December 03, 2018 at 02:22 PM (#5793479)
The Cobb works well I think
   17. Baldrick Posted: December 03, 2018 at 03:47 PM (#5793538)
My real suggestion involves a suggestion of a team name change so goes out of the scope of this project...

I think Barves Field has a nice ring to it.
   18. Greg Pope Posted: December 03, 2018 at 05:26 PM (#5793588)
While they've moved out of the city proper, they're still the Atlanta Braves. And since, according to Wikipedia,

there are 71 streets in Atlanta with a variant of “Peachtree” in their name.


I propose Peachtree Park.

   19. QLE Posted: December 03, 2018 at 05:28 PM (#5793589)
We could name the stadium after Atlanta's baseball team before the Braves moved in- however, I suspect that will not be a popular choice....
   20. Bote Man Posted: December 03, 2018 at 08:11 PM (#5793613)
Corn on the Cobb.

Alternate: Cornpone on the Cobb.
   21. stig-tossled, hornswoggled gef the typing mongoose Posted: December 03, 2018 at 08:25 PM (#5793616)
We could name the stadium after Atlanta's baseball team before the Braves moved in- however, I suspect that will not be a popular choice....


Crackerbox Palace has a certain charm.
   22. SoSH U at work Posted: December 10, 2018 at 02:07 PM (#5796135)
We'll leave this open through tomorrow evening.

   23. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: December 10, 2018 at 02:20 PM (#5796147)
New Coke Stadium.

I do like "Peachtree Park." "Cobb Stadium" is okay, but it is also a reminder that the team moved out of Atlanta. The ship has sailed, obviously, but there is still a vocal contingent that has hurt feelings over the whole thing.

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