ATLANTA GA (WTVM) - The Atlanta Braves, are preparing to welcome fans back to SunTrust Park next week.
It’s all about friendliness and fan experience here with the Braves. Everything from parking and ticket prices, to concessions and activities impact the ball park atmosphere.
“But when fans come here, whether we win of lose that night, we just want to make sure that they have a good time,” said Derek Schiller, Derek Schiller, president and CEO of the Atlanta Braves.
From new retail shops to new dining options, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The home opener is right around the corner, the Atlanta Braves are introducing new food items to their menu.
Although fans are allowed to bring their own food to the park, and have since the braves first started in Atlanta in 1966, a new restaurant and many new dining options are available for fans to try this season.
The Tavern opened at SunTrust Park just this month. It’s a Braves-themed restaurant with two floors for guests to enjoy.
Dining options range from things you may never expect to see at a baseball game to new versions of classic ballpark foods.
“So we’ve got four huge smokers, so I decided to take some of that brisket and kind of play off a Philly cheese steak a little bit," said executive chef Pete Smithing. "So we’ve got our peppers and onions, we’ve got cheese sauce, we’ve got your house stadium smoked brisket, as I like to call it, on a nice hoagie. That’s going to be it’s own cart right at section 145 out in the outfield.”
Stadium steak nachos, barbecue wings, ribs, and even chicken and waffles make the menu. Chefs have made sure to think about even the smallest fans while creating this year’s menu.
“So I found this really cool waffle boat so you basically make this waffle and it makes it a little boat," Smithing said. "We top it with powdered sugar. We take the chicken tenders, again of course for the kids right, kids love chicken tenders. They toss that in a habanero mango dressing so you’ve got a little sweet and a little spicy.”
There is something for everyone here, whether you’re craving something savory or something sweet.
In addition to the menu, another part of providing a great fan experience at SunTrust Park is having something for the kids, and this season, that’s what Sunday’s are for.
“All of the games we have here at the ballpark, the least of which is a zip-line, and all other kids games are free that day,” Schiller said.
Kids are also getting a free giveaway at every Sunday home game, and can go down on the diamond after the game to run the bases.
They’re also starting red-out Fridays so fans and players can match. They are also hoping to add something new to an old tradition.
“When you do the tomahawk chop and you have your phone out and you’re doing tradition that we started where you have that phone up, and you’re using that flashlight," Schiller said, "we’ll actually have a little bit of a red film that you can cover up that flash. "So, all those chops will be done in red and in unison. Especially with all those red jerseys, it should be a pretty special, and pretty cool Friday night.”
The season opener for the Atlanta Braves starts Thursday in Philadelphia, but you can try all of these new dining options on Monday when the home opener comes around. There are only standing room tickets left so if you’re wanting to come out and see the game, make sure and go online and get your tickets soon.