There were a lot firsts Friday night at SunTrust Park.
"The most exciting thing for me is the number of fans who were here really early and were enjoying the place for a full day", Manfred said. The Braves' bullpen threw a flawless 4 innings of relief, including a win for Arodys Vizcaino and Jim Johnson's first save of the season.
The Atlanta Braves' new stadium is ready for its first real unveiling. The new ballpark is approximately 15 miles northwest of Turner Field, and fans can reach the ballpark using either I-285 or I-75. Myers failed to make the scoop at first on a one-hop throw.
Here, the Braves will face the San Diego Padres in the first baseball game played in the new stadium.
The Atlanta Braves' traffic plan was put to the first public test on April 8, when two college teams took over SunTrust Park for a game to benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, which the University of Georgia has now done for 14 years.
Dignitaries from the county government were also honored before the game when commissioners, the county manager and other officials given Braves jerseys by members of the ballclub's front office.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution initially reported a few days prior to the Braves' statement that outside food would not be allowed at SunTrust Park, with exceptions being granted to those with dietary needs or infants/toddlers.
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Braves Vice Chairman John Schuerholz dedicated the ballpark to the team's fans during the opening ceremony.
Commemorative Ticket Gate Giveaway: Fans will receive a commemorative ticket in celebration of Opening Day in the Inaugural Season at SunTrust Park. "Many elements of this approach are fundamentally different than the fan's experience at Turner Field".
Freeman said walking into the stadium from the mixed-use development "is the big wow factor".
"We think it's the exact right size and there's something here for everybody - lots of different, what we like to call nearly 'neighborhoods, ' different ways to experience the game", he said.
Taking their time: The game started 18 minutes past the scheduled 7:35 p.m. start time following a long pregame in which the Braves' retired numbers were unveiled.
"I was born 10 years too early", Jones said, adding he believes the Braves' new home will be better for hitters.