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New Season, New Stadium for the Atlanta Braves

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Starting in February 2017, the Atlanta Braves will call SunTrust Park home

After nearly 20 years at Turner Field, the Atlanta Braves are moving to a new park in 2017. Ground was broke on SunTrust Park in late 2014 when the Braves announced that they would not renew their lease with the company that owns Turner Field.

Turner Field is a fairly new ballpark, but needs more than $300 million in renovations in the coming years. Part of those costs are due to the fact that Turner Field was built as cheap as possible for the 1996 Olympics. After the Olympic games finished, the stadium was converted into a baseball field and leased to the Braves.

The Atlanta Braves played their last game at Turner Field on October 2nd, 2016, and plan to move into SunTrust Park in February 2017. The first game at the new stadium is scheduled for March 31st. The Braves will play a spring training game against the New York Yankees to give the season ticket holders a glimpse at the new park before the season begins. Two weeks later, the Braves are scheduled to play their first regular season game at their new digs against the San Diego Padres.

SunTrust Park will be slightly smaller than Turner Field. Turner Field could hold a little more than 49,000 people, while SunTrust Park can seat 41,000 fans. The field dimensions for the new park will be:

Left Field – 335 ft.

Left-Center Field – 385 ft.

Center Field – 400 ft.

Right-Center – 375 ft.

Right Field – 325 ft.

The Braves have announced plans for a $400 million entertainment district outside of the ballpark. Everything from hotels, to restaurants, to even a theatre for live music and shows will be built outside of the stadium.

This new venue for the Braves will hopefully perk up a team that ranked 29th in runs scored in 2016. Atlanta finished the year with a 68-93 record, 26.5 games out of first place in the NL East. They have some building blocks to work with in the likes of Freddie Freeman, Julio Teheran, and Dansby Swanson.

Atlanta has already been busy this offseason; acquiring Bartolo Colon, and R.A. Dickey. Both Colon and Dickey are over 40 years of age, but will bring experience and leadership to this Braves team.

Rumors are swirling that the Braves may not be done dealing this offseason. They could be in the market for another starting pitcher to add to a rotation that ranked 24th in ERA in 2016.

The Braves may not be able to contend in 2017, but if they make smart deals and get lady luck on their side, they could bring a championship to SunTrust Park in the near future.