One year from now, we’ll be several games into the SunTrust Park era. With no room for error and no time to waste, crews are bustling all over the construction zone each day to continue work so the entire area is ready for Opening Day 2017.
Also, the Atlanta Braves say they’re finally getting closer to finalizing plans for a crucial pedestrian and bus bridge that will carry fans to and from the stadium. Three companies recently submitted construction bids in hopes that Cobb County will select them to make the project a reality, according to Curbed Atlanta. Once completed, the bridge will stretch across Interstate 285, connecting the Galleria parking decks to the Battery and the stadium.
At a bare minimum, the bridge will cost $14 million to build, Curbed Atlanta also said, but you should expect the final price tag to be higher. The county will be paying a large chunk of that price tag, so this Cobb County taxpayer is only sarcastically excited by the news.
For slightly more whimsical news, the Braves also announced the SunTrust Park complex will include a “zip line,” likely behind the stadium’s video board, that will take fans from one end of the concourse to the other, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported. The Braves haven’t revealed many details about the attraction, but I’ll reveal right now that my new goal in life is to be on that zip line when the Braves win a World Series so I can glide above the masses and spray champagne on everyone to start the victory celebration.
At the top of the page, you can see the latest monthly update to my animated image at the SunTrust Park construction site. If you’d like to scroll through each of my ground images individually, you can see them below:
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