First at Bat for The Atlanta Braves' New Home

Stepping up for its first at bat this season is the Braves' newly opened SunTrust Park, the stadium that has quickly established itself as the premier venue in baseball.

The Braves have moved into their new stadium this season and they've made it about much more than just baseball. SunTrust Park is a place where fans can come together to celebrate the game, and to experience the local and greater communities of Braves Country. 

Pork Tomahawk Chop
The Pork Tomahawk Chop, stuffed with collard green slaw, is a barbecue beast that feeds four. Or one, your choice. (©DelwareNorth)

Above and Beyond the Taste of Braves Country

Peanuts and Cracker Jacks, so the song goes, are synonymous with baseball itself. Add burgers and hotdogs, grab a beer, and you’ve got the menu of the great American pastime. Or at least, the menus at every ballpark in the country except, perhaps, SunTrust Park. Newly opened this season, SunTrust Park has revolutionized the stadium experience. Grilled essentials remain, of course, but a plethora of dining options ranging form Southern regional specialties, to vegan and vegetarian entice home-field crowds.

Renowned Southern-cooking chef Hugh Acheson reinvents baseball classics in his stand First and Third Hot Dog and Sausage Shack, while Georgia barbeque staple Fox Bros. B-B-Q serves up sandwiches at its marquee, not to mention a full menu in the Terrapin Taproom. There is a craft bourbon bar from Kentucky-based Cooper’s Craft Bourbon, and stalls across the park feature local specialties from states that comprise Braves Country: North and South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi. In addition, the park sources produce locally in a “Farm to Fan” program and allows volunteers from local nonprofits to man the concession stands and take a portion of sales home to their organizations.

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Baseball purists may feel that such a robust park experience dilutes the game and its traditions. SunTrust Park asks you to reconsider this while sipping an IPA that is aged in baseball bat wood at the on-site microbrewery Terrapin Taproom. Beyond just food however, SunTrust celebrates this history and heritage of the Braves in Monument Garden.

Glove and bats
The Monument Garden displays over 300 artifacts that tell the story of baseball and the Atlanta Braves. (©AtlantaBraves)

The History and Heritage of the Braves in Monument Garden

While the official Baseball Hall of Fame is far to the north in Cooperstown, you don’t need to trek to Upstate New York to get a glimpse of baseball history. One of the most impressive features of the new SunTrust Park is the Monument Garden, a small museum inside the park that exhibits a number of items that shed light on Braves’ history. Set aside 10 minutes before the first pitch for a walk through of this small, but carefully curated, 300-piece mecca of Braves and baseball history. Look for a statue of the great Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron, myriad photographs (from portraits to game-day action shots), over-sized vintage baseball cards, and a LEGO brick mosaic—all housed in the concourse behind home plate.

The Battery Atlanta at SunTrust Park

When the game is over the Braves don’t want you running for home. Leading up to the park is The Battery Atlanta, an open-air mall lined with restaurants, bars, breweries, shopping and more. At every home game this season, The Battery comes to life with live music and events hosted in The Battery.  

Stop by The Punch Bowl Social for a one of a kind bar experience that combines dining, bowling, pool and foosball, among other things. Take a look in Baseballism for a selection of clothing and accessories that effortlessly blend rustic classics with contemporary fashion. Finally, get over to Live! At the Battery Atlanta, a multilevel lounge surrounding a 30-foot television that gives you better views of the game than the home plate box.