The countdown has begun to the Atlanta Braves’ official first game at their new stadium, SunTrust Park in Cobb County.
The exhibition game against the Yankees on March 31 went off pretty much without a hitch. But the crowds will be much bigger for the home opener against the San Diego Padres on Friday, April 14, and the rest of the regular season. So there’s no time like the present to figure out how to get there!
Yes, yes, we know . . . Transportation is sort of a dirty word right now, what with the recent I-85 bridge collapse and the ripple effect of traffic and commuting problems. Repair work is already underway and Georgia Department of Transportation officials say they expect the shuttered stretch through Buckhead to reopen by June 15.
Luckily, none of the key driving routes to SunTrust Park involve that particular portion of I-85. However, almost all of them do partially travel along I-285 -- a key detour during the I-85 repair period -- and so Braves fans should be prepared to possibly hit more traffic and delays on their way to the stadium.
We’ve rounded up everything else you need to know to arrive there in plenty of time for first pitch:
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SunTrust Park address: 1100 Circle 75 Pkwy SE, Atlanta, GA 30330
How to get there by car: SunTrust Park is located in the Cumberland area just west of the junction of I-75 and I-285. The Braves suggest drivers use the Waze traffic app, which accounts for driving conditions, to guide their trips.
Here are directions from locations north, south, east and west of the new stadium:
From downtown Atlanta: Take I-75 N toward Marietta/Chattanooga; take I-285 W (exit 259B) toward Birmingham/Montgomery; merge onto Cobb Pkwy/US-41 N/GA-3 toward Spring Rd./Smyrna/Marietta, then take take the first right onto Circle 75 Pkwy SE.
From Kennesaw: Take I-75 S toward Atlanta; take the Windy Hill Rd exit (exit 260) toward Smyrna, keep left at the fork on the ramp and then stay straight to go onto Circle 75 Pkwy SE
From Lawrenceville: I-85 S to I-285 W (exit 95B) toward Chattanooga/Birmingham; take the US-41/Cobb Pkwy/I-75 S exit (exit 20) toward Atlanta; keep right to take the US-41/Cobb Pkwy ramp; merge onto Cobb Pkwy/US-41 N/GA-3 toward Spring Rd./Smyrna/Marietta, then take take the first right onto Circle 75 Pkwy SE.
From Douglasville: Take I-20 E to I-285 N/GA-407 N (exit 51B) toward Chattanooga/Greenville; take US-41 N (exit 19) and turn left onto US-41 N/GA-3/Cobb Pkwy; thenturn right onto Circle 75 Pkwy SE.
For more insight on drive times, route hacks and more read what happened when AJC staffers recently test-drove five different routes to SunTrust Park on a Friday at rush hour.
How and where to park: There are about 14,000 parking spots at SunTrust (compared to Turner Field’s nearly 8,700), with some lots designated for season ticket holders and others for public parking. The Braves recommend buying a parking pass online ahead of time. Some of the public parking lots allow you to pay on-site with a credit card (not cash), while others are prepaid parking only.
Read the AJC’s guide to stress-free Braves parking, including a list of all the lots and a location map.
Getting there on MARTA: There are two ways to get there, both by bus: Take the Route 12 bus (headed for Cumberland Mall) from MARTA’s Midtown Station seven days a week, or the CobbLinc Bus Route 10 (headed for Marietta) from MARTA’s Arts Center station Mondays through Saturdasy (does not run on Sundays). Take both to the Cumberland Transfer Center, exit the bus and catch the Cumberland District Circulator to SunTrust Park.
This article has additional information about getting to SunTrust without a car.
Using Uber: The Braves say a recently announced partnership with Uber will help make the pick-up and drop off experience more efficient at the stadium. That includes a reserved Uber lot. Other ride sharing services, including Lyft, will not have access to the lot.