Yesterday the Atlanta Braves tried to appease fans when the organization announced that outside food would be permitted at SunTrust Park during the 2017 season. This was a reversal of a decision announced last week that would have prohibited outside food and water, with a few minor exceptions.
The latest policy allows food so long as it fits in a clear, gallon-size container. Fans are also allowed to bring in a sealed plastic bottle of water. One bag of food and one bottle of water per ticket will be permitted. All bags of food will be subject to additional inspection at security gates.
The Braves organization has not responded to a request for comment or clarification regarding the amended policy.
The new rule on outside food may make it tedious for fans to bring in their desired food items.
For example, a 10-ounce bag of family size potato chips does not fit into a gallon bag unless the bag of chips is opened to remove air pockets.
Fans wishing to bring in multiple food items may need to strategically place these items into separate zip-top bags before packing them in the requisite gallon bag.
Groups, including families, could coordinate efforts by packing like foods into each gallon bag, rather than pack a “gallon” lunch for each family member.
Bottled water is sold in many sizes, however, it is unclear whether the new policy puts a limitation on the size of the permissible single sealed water bottle per ticket holder. The policy does prohibit the use of reusable water bottles, according to a Braves spokesperson.
Policies regarding bringing outside food and beverage into stadiums vary among the 30 Major League Baseball teams. At least 22, including the Braves, will allow food in the 2017 season. Several other teams permit “soft coolers” and water, but make no explicit mention of food.