When the Braves announced that they were relocating from Atlanta to a new ballpark in the Cobb County suburbs, many fans were alarmed at the thought of maneuvering through Atlanta’s famously awful rush hour traffic to get to games.
Eight months ahead of the opening of SunTrust Park, the Braves have started communicating to their fans a transportation overview for a hassle-free experience.
For starters, in partnership with local and state officials, $2 billion in public infrastructure improvements are occurring in the Cumberland area around SunTrust Park.
Then there are the 14 access points to SunTrust Park, compared to just two at Turner Field, and parking will be spread 360 degrees around the ballpark and The Battery mixed-use development surrounding the ballpark.
Additionally, three new pedestrian bridges will be installed to cross major roads and highways leading into The Battery. And new public transportation will drop fans off in front of SunTrust Park. There will also be designated rideshare drop-off and pick-up locations, as well as a bike valet.
Lastly, to provide time for rush hour traffic to subside, Braves games will start at 7:30pm next season, which is 30 minutes later than at Turner Field.