If the Braves game’s a snoozer, there’s still plenty to do inside the stadium
If the Braves game is a snoozer, by all means, bring your phone. “We’re going to have the largest Wi-Fi capacity of any North American sports stadium,” says Greg Mize, Braves digital director. “There’s nothing more frustrating than being at a sporting event, concert, or large gathering and having your phone not work. That will not be an issue.”
Elsewhere in the stadium, adventurous children, right-swiping millennials, and suds-swilling dads should all find places to feel at home.
For youngsters, Hope and Will’s Sandlot, located just beyond center field, will feature the first zip-line and the first climbing tower inside a professional U.S. sports venue. The play zone will also have batting cages and carnival-style games such as “Chop-a-Mole.”
The visitor who doesn’t necessarily care who wins should beeline for the Xfinity Rooftop, a sprawling patio area above right field with cabanas, foosball tables, cornhole boards, an Airstream trailer serving food-truck fare, and a walk-up Waffle House. Up here, fans lamenting the loss of Turner Field’s iconic skyline views might find solace, as the rolling green canopy is interspersed with midrise towers around Cumberland and Vinings, and from high above the first baseline, the spires of Buckhead.
Below the Rooftop is the more elaborate, three-level Chop House. It’s crowned by the famed H&F Burger and includes stainless-steel rails of drink holders that actually cool beers. The basement level—Below The Chop—provides what could be the stadium’s most mind-blowing vantage: seating that’s separated from the game by merely a chain-link fence, which acts as the right field wall.
It’s the upgraded “fan experience” the Braves have been extolling since the very day their move was announced.
This article originally appeared in our April 2017 issue.