The seats are going in and the lights are going up, and with just 18 games left to play at Turner Field, it’s nearly time for SunTrust Park to take center stage.
You’ll notice at the end of the animated image above that little has changed with the façade, but there’s one subtle detail you may not see at first glance. All of the cranes have been removed from the inside of the stadium, a sign that all the major construction has been completed on the structure itself, and now it’s time to start adding the small details that are going to make this ballpark one-of-a-kind.
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There were a few big announcements in the last month, the most important of which was news that will make a big difference to fans driving to the games starting in 2017. All weeknight games will start at 7:30 p.m., instead of the usual 7:05, to give fans a little extra time to get to the park.
As someone who lives three miles from the park, I can assure you that there’s a huge dropoff in the volume of traffic at the I-75/I-285 interchange between 6 and 7 p.m., so this decision is going to make driving to weeknight Braves games less painful.
Also, with the new LED lights installed, it’s almost time to turn them on and give them the first test run, according to the Marietta Daily Journal. It’ll give the area’s residents a chance to see just how much brighter the area will be on game nights.
Finally, Comcast started to install Ethernet lines at the ballpark, which will make it one of the most well-connected stadiums in the country, according to Ballpark Digest. Comcast says it will make SunTrust Park “the most technologically advanced mixed-use development in the U.S.,” surpassing even Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California – the home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers.
How the Stadium Looks Now, From Inside
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:
All images by Sean BreslinFollow @Sean_Breslin