The Atlanta Braves’ recently unveiled renderings of a mixed-use district that they plan to build next to their new US$622m SunTrust ballpark, which will include shops, restaurants, bars, residences and office space.
The 41,500-seat stadium has a fan-centric design, with a more intimate configuration maximizing sightlines and elevations, placing a higher percentage of seats closer to the field than at any other ballpark in Major League Baseball. A 90ft roof – three times the size of their current roof – and air conditioning on every level will ensure that the majority of fans are cool on hot summer days. Youngsters will also be able to run the bases on a mini-field kids’ zone adjacent to the venue.
The popular Chop House will not only overlook the action on the field but the action on the plaza outside the front gate.
The existing topography of the property has been carefully integrated into the design. The intimacy of the ballpark will be accentuated by building the facility into the gently sloping terrain. Trees will separate parking sections that cascade down the slopes. Because of the way the ballpark nestles into the hillside, fans will arrive on the home plate side of the park on the mezzanine level, while entering the outfield side (off the plaza) at field level.
The plaza will be a grand central gathering space for fans, families, residents and visitors. It will serve as a hub of activity, with new and fresh events throughout the year. Residents and visitors might catch a concert, movie or a craft beer in the entertainment venues neighboring the plaza, or enjoy a weekend street festival. On game days, members of Braves Country will gather in the plaza, surrounded by iconic team monuments and championship flags.
The mixed-use development was a key selling point to Cobb leaders’ approval of a potential US$400m in public support for the neighbouring US$622m ballpark.
Populous is the architecture firm behind the stadium design, which is recognised as the world’s leading design firm, having completed more than 1,000 projects around the globe with construction value exceeding US$20bn. Populous has worked with 24 Major League Baseball franchises, 30 NFL franchises, 80 professional and civic arena clients, 40 global soccer and rugby teams, 120 universities, 40 convention centre clients, 29 equestrian clients and has planned more than 30 major worldwide events.
Cobb County and the Atlanta Braves selected American Builders 2017 as the construction manager for SunTrust Park. American Builders 2017 will serve as the general contractor and is a joint venture between Brasfield & Gorrie, Mortenson Construction, Barton Malow Company and New South Construction Company. The team has more than 225 years of construction experience and has completed more than 330 sports projects, including football stadiums, baseball parks, soccer stadiums, basketball arenas and more. American Builders’ ballpark experience includes Target Field, Coors Field, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Turner Field, Minute Maid Park, PNC Park and Coolray Field.
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