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Atlanta Braves unveil new renderings of a mixed-use development next to SunTrust Park

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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.

For information on how you can become a part of the American Builders 2017 team, visit them at: americanbuilders2017.com.

Images courtesy Atlanta Braves

Images courtesy Atlanta Braves

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El Paso breaks ground on cross-border ballpark

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El Paso’s Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony, to mark the launch of construction of a state-of-the-art Triple-A ballpark facility in the city’s downtown, attracted more than 500 people. The marketing team used a confetti cannon burst and traditional ballpark music to set the tone for the family fun and excitement that can be expected of Triple-A ballgames, set to begin play in April 2014. Mayor of El Paso John Cook said:

This is an exciting day for the Sun City. Today we are seeing progress and growth in the form of a brand new facility that will change the face of our City’s downtown and anchor the exciting projects which are revitalising El Paso. A great asset is gained for our City with this ballpark, and I want to thank the El Pasoans who are investing in our community and bringing us a Triple-A baseball team.

Alejandra de la Vega Foster, a member of MountainStar Sports Group, delivered remarks in Spanish for event guests and Spanish-language media from the neighbouring city of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico:

Not only will El Paso’s Triple-A ballpark be one of the newest and most modern, but we are the only one on an international border. This ballpark is an asset to our bi-national community – something for everyone to enjoy, for ballgames of course, but for so many other celebrations and events as well. We are thrilled that it will be so close and easily accessible to Juarenses to come enjoy the games and other events.”

Also in attendance were key leadership from baseball organizations including Minor League Baseball, the Pacific Coast League – of which the El Paso Triple-A team will be a part – as well as representation from the Front Office of the San Diego Padres.

El Paso's Triple-A ballpark has been designed by Populous.

El Paso’s Triple-A ballpark has been designed by Populous.

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