Braves release new renderings of SunTrust Park
While the Atlanta Braves are in the middle of baseball's Winter Meetings, building their current roster with one eye focused on the 2017 season, construction on the team's new Cobb County ballpark continues. Nearly three months after the groundbreaking for SunTrust Park, the franchise released new renderings of their soon-to-be home on Wednesday, featuring more detail than every before.
The lead designer for the mixed-use development is Atlanta-based firm Wakefield Beasley & Associates, which, according to a team press release led projects for Atlantic Station's Town Center in Atlanta and The Forum in Norcross, Ga.
Since the news broke that the Braves were moving from their downtown home, the buzzword for the team's executives has been "mixed-use development" -- an all-encompassing atmosphere that the franchise wants to become a 365-day-a-year destination, as opposed to just 82 home games. The development is expected to include retailers, restaurants and other consumer options along with a brand new ballpark.
The confines of the park should again look familiar, though the Chop House will be "expanded and reimagined" as a three-story restaurant that includes two party decks and a field-level view, as this rendering tries to convey:
In addition to restaurants and stores, including a Braves merchandise store, the development project is expected to include an indoor entertainment venue and outdoor amphitheater, all of which will be located in the plaza outside the stadium:
There is much work to do -- both on the ballpark and the roster -- but things are starting to come into clearer focus for the Braves franchise.
For more renderings and information, go to www.braves.com/suntrustpark.