Braves stadium bridge may keep fans cool during long walk to ballpark

The walk over I-285 to the new Atlanta Braves stadium and mixed-use development will be long – about 3 ½ football fields – but the company designing the bridge says it could build in features to make it more of a walk in the park.

Ideas for “softening” the trek include misters, the kind often found in amusement parks to cool off overheated patrons, could be built along the path; a canopy could provide shade; and benches could provide a respite during the 1,100-foot long walk.

And kiosks could provide information about upcoming events, the designer wrote in its winning proposal.

The bridge’s appearance is also of critical importance.

The design firm suggested concourse paving to reflect the stitching pattern of a baseball; light poles that resemble baseball bats; and Braves’ history printed into the paving.

The proposal also called the view of the bridge from I-285 “critical.” It suggests brick and concrete “to mimic the stadium atheistic.”

See a complete story about the bridge’s financing at MyAJC.com

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