The reviews are in for SunTrust Park, the Braves’ new suburban stadium. And they are decidedly mixed.
What do you think of it? Is it the best in baseball?
The Braves first game at the new field was Friday night, and there were plenty of festivities. Here’s Hank Aaron throwing out the first pitch:
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The team received a red-carpet introduction:
— Ryan Cameron (@ryancameron) April 14, 2017
Here’s the national anthem and flyover:
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And some post-game fireworks:
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Oh, and there was a game, too:
One of the new features of the new ballpark is a zipline:
Here are some slightly dated tours of SunTrust Park:
Here’s some initial reaction on Twitter to the new digs:
It's hard to describe. Suntrust Park is mediocre in most aspects EXCEPT celebration of Braves history.
— Padres Jagoff (@PadresJagoff) April 15, 2017
Quick review of SunTrust Park: it's amazing beyond what words can describe
— 2017 WS Champs (@BeckerTheWrecka) April 15, 2017
Early SunTrust Park review:
1. It's beautiful. TV doesn't do it justice
2. Lot smaller than Turner = better atmosphere/crowded concourse
— Joel Coleman (@JoelTColeman) April 15, 2017
Jim Alldrink is a retired steel worker who has attended every MLB ballpark’s first and last game since 1970. What did he think of SunTrust?
“Nothing knocks my socks off, to be real honest. While the park boasts loads of interesting dining options, miles of bathroom facilities and pretty good views from even the cheapest seat, there’s nothing terribly unique about it, in his assessment. It might be too perfect. “I like little nooks and crannies,” he said.
Big League Stew’s Jay Busbee understands where Alldrink is coming from, but he still likes SunTrust:
SunTrust Park isn’t authentic — no stadium that’s younger than the milk in your fridge could be “authentic” — but it gives such a convincing appearance of authenticity that you feel like you’ve been here before. Start with the fact that this place bears more than a passing resemblance to the joint it’s replacing, from the brick façade to the color scheme to the locations of some key holdover clubs and brands. It’s as if Turner Field lost a few pounds, hit the gym, had a bit of work done and moved out to the suburbs.
ESPN’s Bradford Doolittle says the ballpark seems to be less about baseball and more about making money:
People mobbed the new bars and restaurants of The Battery, showing up early and staying late. Any reviews of the new park wouldn’t be complete without mentioning The Battery, a mixed-used development that combines a yet-to-open hotel that looms over center field, bars, restaurants, office buildings and apartments, of which some are still vacant. The Battery’s hotel will have high-dollar rooms on its stadium side, where guests can chill on a balcony and take in the ballgame. Really, The Battery is what marks this particular stadium project as distinct as any that came before it, and the success of it will likely determine the success of the entire endeavor. The stadium is nice, with a lot of well-integrated classic touches that make it the polar opposite of the Braves’ longtime home — the one before recently abandoned Turner Field — Fulton County Stadium.
So, how does SunTrust compare to other ballparks? There have been plenty of MLB ballpark rankings over the past few years. Here are just a few:
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What do you think? What is the best ballpark in baseball?