The Atlanta Braves will be moving to a new park in 2017, and it won’t be short on amenities. Rick Rowand fills us in on the new attractions at SunTrust Park.
In their continuing efforts to distract fans from their team’s play on the field, the Atlanta Braves announced on Friday, March 25, that they have plans to install a zip line behind the centerfield video board that will send adventure-seeking fans from one concourse to another at the new ballpark.
Rumour has it that the zip line will be used as a working prototype for a multi-zip line installation to span I-285 to move fans from the parking deck at the Galleria to a suitable landing spot closer to SunTrust Park. This area will be known as the “Sand Box” and will be available on non-game days for use as a dog park for local residents. This idea for a zip line came about because the proposed pedestrian bridge across I-285 (at a cost over $9.8 million, of which the Braves would have paid less than $400,000) was dead on arrival because no one thought to first seek approval from the owners of the Galleria.
The zip line will join other attractions outside the ballpark like the “Chipper Jones’ Whack-A-Deer” – where fans will not only have a chance to hunt deer with the Hall of Famer, but will also be able to butcher and take home their kill!
One more highlight will be “Pitch to Jeff Francoeur” as right-handed fans will be able to pitch to fan favorite, and local hero, Jeff Francoeur. If you are able to strike out Francoeur – and let’s face it, almost everyone will – then you receive a coupon for a free Dippin’ Dots at your next visit to the park. If he manages to get a hit off of you, then you’ll be hand washing his F-150 in the player’s parking lot that day.
There will be more attractions announced in the coming months as deals are finalized.