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What to know if you're headed to Atlanta Braves #OpeningDay

It's a beautiful day for baseball at Turner Field. (Source: WTVM) It's a beautiful day for baseball at Turner Field. (Source: WTVM)
The fans lining up outside Turner Field on Monday. (Source: Shawn Reynolds/WTVM) The fans lining up outside Turner Field on Monday. (Source: Shawn Reynolds/WTVM)

ATLANTA (WTVM) - Rejoice, Braves Country - it's Opening Day at Turner Field.

It's also the final season at the current home of the Braves - the team will move to Suntrust Park in Cobb County for the 2017 season. News Leader 9's Paul Stockman and Andrew McDevitt will be reporting live from Turner Field on Monday!

Here's what you need to know for #OpeningDay 2016:

  • The Braves will open the 2016 against their division rivals, the Washington Nationals, and the reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper. The two-game set will be played on Monday at 4:10 p.m. and Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. at Turner Field.
  • The Braves Opening Day starter will be Julio Tehran. The 23-year-old Colombian right-hander has started the last three Opening Day games for the Braves - and he posted his excitement on social media last week. He's the fifth Braves starter in franchise history to start three consecutive Opening Days. The Nats will have Max Scherzer will face the Braves on Opening Day.
  • The Braves has A LOT of new faces on the 2016 roster. Check out the team here
  • The Braves are asking fans to arrive early and be seated by 3:30 p.m. for a special pregame ceremony; the ceremony will include a special video tribute to Turner Field and members of the 1997 Braves team will be in attendance for pregame ceremonies.
  • Parking lots will open at 10 a.m. and the Turner Field gates will open three hours (1 p.m.) before the first pitch. (Please note: the media parking lot opens at 7 a.m.)
  • Braves parking lots will be permit only.  If fans have not per-purchased their parking, the Braves are encouraging everyone to take alternate transportation to Turner Field. The MARTA Braves shuttle will begin at 1 p.m. for Opening Day only (normally 90 minutes prior to first pitch) from the West End MARTA station to Turner Field until one hour after the final out.
  • Turner Field ticket windows and ticket kiosks will open at 9:30 a.m. for fans who would like to purchase any remaining reserved seats or pick up per-purchased tickets in advance and will remain open until the end of the 6th inning. Ticket kiosks located in front of Turner Field are always open while the front gates are unlocked.

What to look out for:

  • New Era #CapsOn: The Atlanta Braves are encouraging all fans to wear their Braves hats on Opening Day, no matter where they are, to kick off the season and show their support for the team.
  • New food at the Ted: The Burgerizza - a grilled 20-ounce beef patty, covered with five slices of cheddar cheese, bacon between two 8-inch pepperoni pizza slices. The gluttonous concoction is $26, and the artery clogging is not included. More menu items can be seen here.

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