Report: Braves open new ballpark on a Thursday

The Braves apparently will have to wait until their ninth game to use their new ballpark in Cobb County next season.

The Associated Press reported the team will open SunTrust Park on April 13 against the San Diego Padres, citing a copy of the team’s preliminary schedule.

The 2017 schedule, which is tentative and subject to change, has the Braves opening the season with three road series before playing at home.

The Braves have a three-game series at the New York Mets on April 3, then travel to Pittsburgh for a three-game series. Atlanta also has a two-game series at the Miami Marlins before heading home for the Thursday opener against the Padres, the start of a four-game series.

Major League Baseball usually releases its preliminary schedule in September. Changes are regularly made, some because of national television selections, and a schedule with game times is announced in January.

Teams opening new ballparks often host exhibition games at the new stadiums before opening day, and the Braves could schedule some at SunTrust ahead of the regular season.

Braves officials declined comment on the schedule, since it is not yet official, the AP reported.

The Braves are in their 20th and final season at Turner Field, which was built for the 1996 Olympics and then converted for baseball use.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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