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2018 Preview: Atlanta Braves, SunTrust Park

The Spec-Tater

Ballpark Digest is previewing what every MLB team is doing to begin the season, both on and off the field, as the 2018 campaign launches today. Up next: the Atlanta Braves and SunTrust Park.

Fresh off its debut season, SunTrust Park is looking to build upon its success of a year ago. Even though it remains the newest ballpark in Major League Baseball, the Atlanta Braves have refined some aspects of the gameday experience, meaning that fans can expect a few changes at SunTrust Park in 2018.

Along with Delaware North, the Braves are mixing up SunTrust Park’s menu offerings. The new food item that has perhaps caught the most attention is the Spec-Tater. Named one of our top new food options for the 2018 season, the Spec-Tater is a potato loaded with jalapeno cheddar sausage, wrapped with bacon, and topped with cheese, sour cream, scallions, and more jalapenos.

Fans seeking some different options can consider choices among a unique slate that includes a jumbo 18-inch slice of pizza. Also available at SunTrust Park is The Pig Pickin’, a smoke pork-filled, seasoned tortilla shell that features a wide mix of toppings, including but not limited to Coca-Cola barbecue sauce, mac and cheese, and coleslaw.

Any focus on food and beverage offerings at SunTrust Park can extend beyond the ballpark, and include the adjacent Battery Atlanta. More options are being added to the mixed-use development this year, including a newly opened Punch Bowl Social. As it did during the 2017 season, Battery Atlanta should give fans a mix of solid pre and post-game destinations that add to the overall experience of attending a game at SunTrust Park.

Changes are not being limited to food, however, as the Braves have made a other few adjustments within SunTrust Park. The top six rows of seats in sections 122 and 130 have been removed, with the Braves installing new semicircular tables with four swivel chairs in their place. This was a response to trends in fan demand from last season, when similar tables on the ballpark’s terrace level all sold out. This season will also be marked by the expansion of the Delta Sky360 Club, as the Braves have added roughly 2,000 square feet to the space.

Image of Spec-Tater courtesy Delaware North. 

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