May 6 & 7 – Star Wars Night Pictures, Suntrust Park V Turner Field

Star Wars Night Pictures

Star Wars night was excellent. We got to the park a little later than we wanted, but still early enough to walk around a little bit. I wasn’t able to take as many pictures as I wanted because I had my 50mm lens which on a cropped sensor really is closer to an 85mm lens. That’s why I’d like to move down to a 35mm equivalent or a 50mm equivalent. Here are my pictures and read below the pictures to see what I thought about Suntrust Park vs Turner Field.

 

 


Suntrust Park V Turner Field

I’ve been to quite a few games at Turner Field. I went to Smoltzie’s 3,000th strikeout. We went to Bobby Cox’s last game. We’ve been to a few. We even went to this game:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/47072280/v27209709/must-c-crushed-justin-upton-launches-a-grand-slam

That was the longest home run I’ve ever seen.

But when it comes to parks, Turner Field was just alright. It had horrible parking, it was a pain to get to, and it was made for the Olympics and then turned in to a baseball field. It may have always had Turner Field in it’s mind, but it was made as an 80,000 seat Olympic Stadium.

It was a good park. It was solid. Food wasn’t bad and it was big. When the chop was going, it was a killer park. But living in the suburbs meant taking the hike to the stadium. It could take anywhere from 1 hour to 3 hours. I hated driving down there, especially knowing that Atlanta has the 8th worst traffic in the world. Which is also why saying, “Well, Suntrust will have bad traffic” is ridiculous. All of Atlanta will have bad traffic, but Suntrust won’t be as bad.

Suntrust Park is way better than Turner Field to me. Putting aside all the controversy surrounding how Suntrust is being paid, those concerns are justified, the park is everything Turner Field was not. Here’s what the AJC said about what Turner Field was hoped to be:

Turner Field, about 2 miles south of Centennial Olympic Park, is not really downtown — but rather south of downtown. Surrounded, even cut off by highways, the area doesn’t blend into the city. And the communities around Turner Field never flourished as hoped.

The lack of easy access to public transportation was an ongoing, nagging issue. The Braves shuttle was far from ideal.

In addition, the Braves wanted to control and develop city-owned property around Turner Field in hopes of turning it into a mixed-use development that would buzz with activity even when the ballpark is empty.

The area around Turner was empty. It never flourished. The area around Suntrust is buzzing already. I left in rush hour, on a Saturday night, to a sold out game, and it took me 48 minutes to get to the park. That would have been an hour and 48 minutes to Turner Field.

Suntrust Park was built from the ground up for one thing: baseball. It shows. The park is beautiful and has so many little details. The lineup card is at the entrance:

 

The clubhouse store is huge. There are tons of places for food. Good food. Ton’s of things for kids. And there’s parking. Oh boy is there parking. 14,000 spaces compared to around 7,500 for Turner Field. We parked and walked over 75 to get to the park. It was an easy walk.

And then there’s the Battery. You’ve got the Roxy, tons of store and more restaurants coming including:

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Yeah, they’re bringing a Wahlburgers. Marky Mark himself even said they’re excited to come to The Battery.

If you haven’t been to The Battery or Suntrust Park, go. It’s excellent. You’ll love it. It reminds me of Downtown Disney.

-Woody

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