LEARN MORE: SUNTRUST PARK
Monday’s event offered little new information, but team representatives emphasized that fans should buy tickets and parking ahead of time, or take Uber, an official partner. They also touted a new mobile app with built-in GPS.
Braves’ president of development, Mike Plant said the new stadium had “much more extensive parking” than Turner Field.
“In today’s world, you have to plan early, and planning is the key before you leave your house or place of work,” Plant said. “Buy a ticket early, buy parking online, use Uber and Waze to help you get here, and then that experience is going to be better for you, for everyone.”
The Braves say they have more than 15,000 parking spaces, including private lots that have entered into lease agreements with the team. Some of these scattered lots will be served by a new circulator operated by the county, which will launch on March 31, the same day as the exhibition game.
Pedestrian bridges over Circle 75 and Windy Ridge Parkway will be open for the exhibition game, but a bridge over Interstate-285 leading to the Cobb Galleria will open after the 31 but before first pitch on April 14.
District Commissioner Bob Ott said he was feeling confident about the plan, even though it relies on many Braves fans (and Atlanta drivers) planning ahead.
“As more and more information comes out, people’s concerns kinda get lower and lower,” Ott said. “There’s obviously things we’re going to have to track, but I’m confident that the plan that’s in place is going to work.”
Ott also addressed concerns that limited parking on the south side of I-285 undermined the justification for building a $12 million bridge there. He said the Galleria Authority and the team have signed an agreement for the Braves to use up to 2,000 parking spots, but he also pointed to 5,000 new apartments and several office buildings going up that would also be served by the bridge and the circulator.
Channel 2's Ross Cavitt got new details on the preparations still underway.
“It wasn’t just about parking, it was about a safe way for pedestrians to go from the highly developed south part of 285 to the now developing north side of 285,” Ott said.
Ott said the express bus from Kennesaw to midtown Atlanta planned for later this year was another example of transportation that would serve the wider county, as well as the Braves.
Many trying to experience SunTrust Park may have to wait.