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Tips To Know Before You Go SunTrust Park & The Atlanta Braves

With baseball season in full swing (no pun intended) before you head out to the ballpark, here are some tips.

The Atlanta Braves have a new home at SunTrust Park and it is beautiful. The concept of the park is rumored to be what will be the new standard.  You can see more about the park at Welcome Home to SunTrust Park. 

TICKETS

When you have a family, even ‘cheap’ tickets can add up in price fast.  One way to save is to buy at the gate vs. online.  This way you avoid all the extra fees.  I have also seen deals on Goldstar and Groupon in the past.  I don’t know if tickets will go up on these sites with the new ballpark, but worth keeping an eye out.

FOOD

I wish I had known this before we went, but you can bring in your own food.  Again, when on a budget the concession prices can wipe you out. This is also great if you have dietary needs or issues.

For those who love the classic ballpark fare, don’t worry for the classics are still there.  Peanuts, corndogs, cotton candy and more.  But the more is so much more.

Chophouse is back and better.  Indoor and outdoor seating. 3-levels and air-conditioned cup holders for your beverage.  Who likes warm beer?  Bonus tip – USB ports to charge your phone.

Potato Cutter was my daughter’s choice with classic fries to seasoned.  There is a Pizza stand, a Sweets stand and names many know and love.  Chick-Fil-A, Waffle House, Fox Bros BBQ, Internation Wok and what I loved, the grab and go of Centerfield Market.

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KID ZONE

If you have children, then be prepared to visit Hope & Will’s Sandlot.  This is a kid-friendly area hosted by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  In this area, you will find:

  • Arcade and Carnival style games
  • Clubhouse store just for kids
  • Sandlot Snacks – a kid-friendly food option
  • King of Pops
  • Zip-line
  • Climbing tower
  • batting cages

Hope & Will’s Sandlot is open before, during and after the games; so if you have a restless one, no worries.  Or maybe as a reward after?  Visitors will be able to use the new Braves app to reserve a timeslot to access both of these attractions.

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For the Zip-line and Climbing tower, there is the new Braves app to reserve a timeslot to access both of these attractions.

2017 Braves Kids Club

This season the Braves are offering a premium membership option ($25 per membership) or a free membership option.  I think the $25 more than pays for itself.

Free Membership:

  • Braves passport where Kids Club members can earn prizes for attending Braves home games.
  • Exclusive ticket offer emails throughout the season

Paid Membership:

  • Dansby Swanson Kids Club jersey, drawstring bag and wristband
  • VIP Access to Kids Run the Bases after Sunday home games
  • Buy One Get One Free Tickets to a 2017 Braves Home Game
  • 2 Passes to VIP Batting Practice Experience for Monday-Wednesday games with a 7:35 p.m. first pitch. Visit braves.com/parking and choose either the Red Deck or Lot 29 in order to be able to park for your Batting Practice Experience. Both of these lots will open 4 hours prior to game time.
  • Exclusive ticket offer emails throughout the season
  • Braves Kids Club passport where members can earn prizes for attending Braves home games
  • $5 credit to Hope and Will’s Sandlot (interactive games include rock climbing wall, zip-line, a batting cage and a variety of carnival games)
  • Once a month, a Kids Club member will be randomly drawn for Playball
  • $2 off a Braves Face Painting from People Painters of Atlanta, Inc.
  • Welcome letter from Dansby Swanson
  • Kids Club members parade around SunTrust Park
  • Meet and greet with our mascot
  • 10% Discount on regularly priced Youth Apparel, Headwear, and Novelties at the Braves Clubhouse Store at CNN Center
  • Buy a $10 Game Card, Get One Free from Andretti Indoor Karting and Games
  • Coupon for Entenmann’s Little Bites Product

For further details and any exclusions, visit http://m.mlb.com/braves/tickets/info/kids-club.

KIDS RUN THE BASES

Last but not least, a fan favorite is back. Presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, kids 14 and under can lineup and run around the bases just like the Braves!  Every Sunday after a home game, you can be the coolest parent ever.

 

SPECIAL NEEDS

Braves Exceptional Fans Program:

The Atlanta Braves are excited to offer information and resources for families to ensure attending games is a comfortable and fun experience for everyone! We have a Social Storybook that illustrates what to expect when you come to a Braves game at SunTrust Park, a sensory map, dedicated Accessible Seating Specialists on staff and more. Guests who purchase tickets through the Accessible Seating Department will receive a Welcome Kit, including a special green credential that says “Braves Exceptional Fan” with a spot for emergency contact information.

Welcome Kit: While at the game, families who purchased their ‘Exceptional Fan’ specific tickets through our Accessible Services Department will have their welcome kit delivered to them in game.

  • Exclusive Credentials: This will allow you to skip concessions lines if needed and provide a place for emergency contact information.*
  • Sensory Map: Detailed locations for fireworks, First Aid, Guest Services Booth, family restrooms, gluten-free concessions and more. Download Sensory Map (PDF)
  • Braves Fidgets

*Please contact the Accessible Seating Department at (404)-577-9100 (Option 5) or accessibleservices@braves.com to receive your Welcome Kit and for more information.

What do you think of the new park?  Are you more or less likely to visit?

 Comment below with your opinion.

 

 


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Stephanie is the owner and author of The Autism Diva - a blog that focuses on Travel, Lifestyle, Family and Autism. The Autism Diva is listed among Top Disney Blogs, Top Mommy Bloggers, Ultimate Bloggers List and was a 2018 WEGO Health Nominee for BEST KEPT SECRET. Stephanie values family first and enjoys travel, food, and wine. Her family currently lives outside Boston, MA with ties in Atlanta, GA.

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