Braves beat Padres 5-2 on opening night at new stadium

Braves&apos Sun Trust Park will have custom beer brewed with baseball bats

As LED lights flickered on and past legends christened the Atlanta Braves' new suburban ballpark and mixed real-estate complex, longtime No. 1 starter Julio Teheran squared up his shoulders with home plate for yet another milestone start in his young career.

The carpet runway will be 220 feet long by 12 feet wide.

The Atlanta Braves open their new ballpark, SunTrust Park, tonight, rekindling an age-old debate: How much should ballpark factors weigh in our pitching matchup decisions?

As Chipper Jones hung out in the Atlanta Braves dugout Friday afternoon, a few hours ahead of the Braves' first regular-season home game at their new stadium, SunTrust Park, the future Hall of Famer fielded a question about what fans might be saying as they entered the ballpark for the first time. Then again, he said he had a good feeling heading into the game. The fans are going to get excited and so are the players. "Everybody was pumped in the dugout and you could feel the excitement of the crowd".

The new digs might play a part in that.

Nick Markakis, who grew up in nearby Woodstock, put the Braves ahead in the first with a two-run double off Jhoulys Chacin (1-2). "I'm up on him right now".


The new stadium also offers a variety of "local authentic food options" added Schiller, including Cru Food and Wine Bar, Goldbergs Bagel Company & Deli, Fox Bros.

"We thought if we're going to do this, let's take this out of the long-term bidding process and all that, and let's actually just be great partners", SunTrust Banks Chairman and CEO Bill Rogers said.

Fans have already started showing up at the stadium, well before the scheduled 7:35 start time. "But I battled the whole game". Ender Inciarte had a huge night knocking to pitches out of the park and seemed to break out of the funk he had been for the first few games of the season. "I think everything kind of came together the way they like". Any reviews of the new park wouldn't be complete without mentioning The Battery, a mixed-used development that combines a yet-to-open hotel that looms over center field, bars, restaurants, office buildings and apartments, of which some are still vacant. "Seeing SunTrust behind the batter on every pitch, seeing people across the country respond to that, seeing clients respond ..."

Sandy Springs has rolled out a program of traffic-counting at various intersections on game days and non-game days to get hard data on the stadium's effects.

National anthem: Georgia native Phillip Phillips will perform the national anthem on Opening Day.

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