Clem's Baseball home

SunTrust Park
NEW home of the
Atlanta Braves
(2017- )




SunTrust Park

DYNAMIC DIAGRAM:
(preliminary)

regular view, 2017 lower deck
Turner Field

Key to diagrams

Vital statistics:
Lifetime Seating capacity Seating rows
(typical)
Overhang / shade % Territory
(1,000 sq. ft.)
Fence height  CF
orien- tation
Back-stop Outfield dimensions The Clem Criteria:
Built Status Lower deck Mezz. Upper deck Lower deck Upper deck Fair Foul LF CF RF Left
field
Left-center Center field Right-center Right field Field
asym- metry
Arch.
design
Seat
prox- imity
Loc- ation Aesth- etics Over- all
2017 NEW 41,500 31 19 8+12 20% 90% 109.3 22.3 6 8 16 SE (53) 335 385 400 375 325 5 7 8 4 7 6.2

Even though the Braves' second home in Atlanta, Turner Field, was only two decades old, the owners decided to make a deal with Cobb County, announcing their relocation in 2014. The new ballpark, SunTrust Park, was completed in plenty of time for the 2017 season, but some of the transportation infrastructure remained uncompleted by Opening Day. It is all part of a new high-rise retail/residential high-rise complex, aiming for the best of the urban and suburban lifestyles. The location was chosen based on where the greatest number of Braves fans live, on the north side of Atlanta.

thumbnail The playing field is about 25 feet below ground level, like most other newer ballparks. The field dimensions are quite similar to those of predecessor, Turner Field, except that the outfield walls are straight with clear angles, whereas at Turner Field they were mostly one broad curve. Almost the entire upper deck is covered by a roof, except for the portions toward the end of the grandstand near the right and left field corners. The second deck is larger than in most other baseball stadiums, while the lower deck is smaller. There is much less foul territory compared to Turner Field, and the position of the grandstand resembles those of Marlins Park and PNC Park.

The Braves struggled for much of the year in their new home, but showed improvement toward the end, finishing in third place in the NL East Division. In December 2015 it was announced that, after the Braves leave, Turner Field will be converted into a football stadium, to be the new home of Georgia State University.

SOURCES: MLB.com, http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/baseball/outfield-dimensions-wall-heights-different-at-new-/nqgxs/

FAN TIP: Alex Peneton, Mike Zurawski


SunTrust Park grand view

Click on the camera icon (camera) links below to see the photos, one by one.

NO PHOTOS YET. Meanwhile, here is the former home of the Braves:



SunTrust Park:
Chronology of diagram updates


 



NOTE: The diagram thumbnails have been continually replaced since 2008, so the images seen in the older blog posts do not reflect how the full-size diagrams looked at that time. Roll your mouse over the adjacent thumbnail to see the original (April 2017) version.

SunTrust Park
 
30 Apr 2017 29 Sep 2017

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