What You Need to Know for Game Days at SunTrust Park
- The Braves have several lots that surround the ballpark, and buying your parking in advance will secure your spot and help you get customized directions right to your lot. You can visit braves.com/parking to get your spot today.
- The Battery Atlanta is open for business, both for game days and non-game days. If you’re planning to visit the retail and shops there, like Antico Pizza and YardHouse, you can park at the Red Deck. On non game days, parking is free for up to four hours. After 2 p.m. on game days, parking is free for two hours before fees begin, with a maximum fee of $50. If you spend a minimum of $50 in The Battery Atlanta, you can receive validation for your parking.
- If you’re traveling to the game, build some time into your commute, be patient and trust Waze to get you directly to your parking lot. The Braves have partnered with Waze, which will be receiving real-time updates on traffic to help you navigate to the game.
- The Cobb County Chamber of Commerce has launched cobbgameday.com to help fans, residents and employees in the area get ready for the new ballpark. It is full of great tips on how to get to the game, as well as how to prepare your business for the upcoming season.
SunTrust Park offers 20 parking lots and decks in and around the park.
View privately managed and Braves managed parking lots during special events.
Transportation to the Park
SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta are surrounded by 14 primary access points. If you drive, we suggest you use Waze. If you don’t want to drive, Uber and CobbLINC are your best options. Find maps, access points, and transportation options.
Absolutely. As a matter of fact, the Braves and UBER have a designated drop-off/pick-up zone on Windy Ridge Pkwy, adjacent to the ballpark, enabling fans to safely and easily find a vehicle following the game.
Yes. CobbLinc, which runs more than 100 buses on 18 routes with more than 750 total stops, will provide service to SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta. The transit system offers Braves fans a host of alternative transportation options to reach the ballpark, including a link with MARTA. Here’s a list of routes and options.
You have several options, and here’s a link to more information.
Of course, we’ll even air up your tires! SunTrust Park is a bicycle-friendly environment, including the use of a bicycle valet, an onsite bike depot with water and air, and partnerships with bike-sharing programs.
We have more than 20 different parking lots to choose from, 360 degrees around the stadium. In total, there are more than 14,000 parking spaces managed by the Braves. We strongly encourage fans to purchase parking before you head to SunTrust Park. See a map and buy passes.
Between $18 and $23, depending on where you want to park. Here’s a map and price list. We recommend pre-paying for parking as it will save you time and money. You can then use the Waze app to navigate straight to your spot.
Yes. Lots owned or managed by the Braves are covered by a code of conduct for fans and feature on-site security.
Many Braves parking lots open two hours before first pitch, but some are open earlier. Check on the lot you’re interested in.
In compliance with ADA guidelines, the Braves will offer dedicated parking for fans with disabilities on a first-come, first-served basis that feature vehicles with a valid, state-issued disabled parking permit or license plate. Additionally, drop-off areas for fans with disabilities will be marked throughout the area.
Yes. The parking decks at The Battery Atlanta are open to visitors.
Braves North 29 is open for tailgating before the game.
Events and Activities
Lots of cool stuff, including a navigation tool to get you in and around the ballpark, buy your parking in advance, ordering food to your seat, and reserving times for the zip lines and climbing wall. There’s also a built-in feature that allows fans to “raise their hand” if you have a poor ballpark experience. The guest services team will monitor and immediately remedy the situation on-site. Satisfi is another component of the Braves app used to navigate the ball park. Think of it as your personal smartphone assistant who’s an expert on all-things-SunTrust Park. Satisfi will provide a Q-and-A experience to help with navigation. Ask questions like “Where’s the nearest concession stand that serves Terrapin beer?” and the app will take you to the nearest stand.
The Battery Atlanta is always open, even when the Braves are on road trips and during the off-season. You can enjoy restaurants like Yard House, C. Ellet’s Steakhouse, and Antico Pizza. You can also visit the Braves Clubhouse Store and other retail outlets like Harley-Davidson, Dress Up, and Baseballism. View a full list and more information.
You better believe it! Check out Hope and Will’s Sandlot behind center field. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb the rock wall, or play a number of carnival-style games. You’ll also find special concession and shopping areas just for kids. Plus if your little baseball fan forgot his or her glove, they can borrow one right inside the ballpark.
The Battery will be the South's preeminent lifestyle destination. Restaurants, shops, apartment -style living and entertainment venues. See a full list, including dining options designed by some of Atlanta’s most acclaimed chefs.
Many of the restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues will open April 1st, with another big wave coming May 1st. Here’s more information about the opening schedule.
The total budget for the new SunTrust Park is $672 million. This includes the SunTrust Park, parking and other related infrastructure. Atlanta Braves will be responsible for $372 million and the remaining $300 million will be contributed by Cobb County and the Cumberland Community Improvement District.
Cobb County commission Chairman Tim Lee confirmed with legal experts that plans to fund the proposed SunTrust Park are well grounded.
"We have a top notch group of experts working together on this effort and I am confident that their guidance is right on target," said Cobb Commission Chair Tim Lee. "With experienced counsel representing both the county and the exhibit hall authority, as well as the county's own legal team, we are moving forward using a well-established funding process."
Cobb County Attorney Deborah Dance released the following statement in response to rumors to the contrary. "The County has been working closely with a team of attorneys that includes those specializing in the issuance of bonds and economic development projects. I have every confidence that the current plan for the issuance of revenue bonds by the Coliseum Authority and the execution of an intergovernmental agreement between the County and the Authority is a legal, permissible and appropriate way to address funding for the new SunTrust Park project. Statements to the contrary appear to be due to a lack of understanding of the structure of the transaction and the law, which has been established by the Georgia Supreme Court for decades. Many major development projects throughout the State, including Cobb's own Performing Arts Center, have successfully utilized just such a transaction structure over a number of years."
Summary Response: Estimates from a private fiscal benefits study that was performed by Brailsford & Dunlavey indicated that relocating the Braves to Cobb County will generate $212 million in earnings while the ballpark is built and $61 million in earnings for every year the ballpark is in operations. Recurring revenues from operating the ballpark that will impact the local economy consist of spending by visiting teams, fans, the Atlanta Braves, and ballpark operators. Brailsford & Dunlavey estimate this spending to result in approximately $4 million per year to the local government in tax collections. The addition of a mixed use development at an estimated investment of $400 million is projected to add an additional $6 million per year in property taxes, approximately $3 million of which would go to the Board of Education and $800,000 to the Cumberland CID. Existing property taxes that have been identified to support the County’s annual $17.9 million debt service cost on the SunTrust Park financing totals $8.67 million.
A $10 million dollar return from ballpark operations and property taxes on an investment of $8.67 million produces a positive projected return of investment (ROI) of 15%. This calculation does not include the increased economic activity for existing businesses and the expansion of new businesses. The ROI at this most conservative calculation generates a positive return for the county.
The Atlanta Braves will be responsible for all cost overruns.
The county will set aside a specific amount of money each year along with contributions from the Braves organization for repairs and maintenance. The county's total project maintenance obligation is capped at $35 million over the life of the agreement. Any upgrades and fan enhancement experience will be the financial responsibility of the Braves.
SunTrust Park will be owned by Cobb County. The agreement is for the Atlanta Braves to lease the facility for 30 years with an option to extend for another five years.
Cobb County Government and the Cobb County School District are two separate entities and operate independently. Based on the proposed development by the Braves the Cobb County School District will receive more than $3 million in annual tax revenues that can be used for general operations, including adding more teachers.
Plans contemplate the establishment of a special ad valorem tax district in the vicinity of the Cumberland CID. The district will not include privately-owned single-family residences. The board plans to bring forward a resolution and amendments to the official Cobb County Code in January 2014 that will provide specific information on properties included in the district and also provide for public hearings.
No. Property millage rate for homeowners will not be increased.
Currently .33 mills of your property taxes pay for the parks bonds that were issued in 1996, 2007 and 2008. The last of those bonds will be paid off in 2017 and 2018. The millage will then be shifted to the General Fund when these bonds expire to raise an equivalent amount of revenues of $8.67 million. Those monies will then be used to pay for bonds to finance SunTrust Park construction. The average amount of .33 mills per household is $26 per year and this shift of funding will not impact other government services such as police, libraries, parks and other services.
In property taxes alone, the Braves’ plans for commercial and retail development worth $400 million that would generate $3 million in annual revenues for the school system, $489,000 to the county fire fund and $1.2 million towards county government operations.
Traffic and Public Safety
We are currently working with Cobb County DOT and Georgia DOT to improve and enhance access points to the ballpark. For the 2014 season there will be 55 weeknight games, four of which are afternoon games.
Current roadway improvements include Windy Hill Diverging Diamond Interchange and corridor improvements extending from U.S. 41 to Powers Ferry - open to traffic first quarter 2017.
Windy Hill Road West
This SPLOST 2011 project improves Windy Hill Road from US 41/Cobb Pkwy. to I-75 from five-lanes to a six-lane divided (raised landscaped median) urban typical section with curb, gutter and sidewalks. Traffic signals will be upgraded and all new pedestrian accommodations will be included.
Windy Hill Road East
This SPLOST 2011 project adds an eastbound lane to the current alignment from the bridge over Rottenwood Creek to Interstate North Pkwy/Spectrum Cir. The project, a 2005 SPLOST deferred project, will add an additional westbound lane from Interstate North Parkway/Spectrum Circle to Powers Ferry Road. Additional turn lanes will also be added to Windy Hill road east of Powers Ferry Road.
Cobb Parkway from Akers Mill to Paces Mill
Widening to six lanes currently under contract
Cobb Parkway/Chattahoochee River Bridge
Currently under construction
Northwest Corridor I-75 Managed lanes from I-285 north to the I-575 split and from I-575 to Hickory Grove Road and on I-575 from I-75 to Sixes Road
Open to traffic 2018
Other roadway improvements under consideration include development to potential Windy Ridge Parkway Connector, operational improvements in the area, Windy Hill - Terrell Mill Connector, Cobb Parkway/I-285 Diverging Diamond Interchange, Cobb Pkwy/Cumberland/Spring Road Split Diamond and I-285 access to Circle 75 Parkway roundabout.
CobbLinc has five bus routes currently serving the Cumberland area. Routes begin, end, or go through the Cumberland Transfer Center with Route 10 servicing Cumberland the most, up to 50 times each weekday with limited service on Saturday, and no service on Sunday. Cumberland Transfer Center also services the Cumberland Mall, Costco, and is also the transfer point to MARTA bus service and additional CobbLinc routes passengers travel. MARTA Route 12 serves the Howell Mill Road/Cumberland area.
There are 14 access points to and from the SunTrust Park area.
- East: Terrell Mill Road, Windy Hill Road, Windy Ridge Parkway, I-285
- North: Powers Ferry Road, I-75, Cobb Parkway
- West: Windy Hill Road, Spring Road, I-285, Spring Hill Parkway, Cumberland Parkway
- South: Cobb Parkway, I-75
Our commissioners are working with our public safety agency to assess and outline future law enforcement needs in the new ballpark. Meetings between the Braves and Public Safety officials have begun and will continue to evaluate any future needs. The expected revenues from the ballpark will help fund many of these positions. There are 81 home games per year and the additional public safety resources will benefit the county year round.
SunTrust Park Timeline
Below is a list of items that will be accomplished leading up to the opening of the stadium. Completion dates are based on estimates as of April 25, 2014.
Items to be considered by the Board of Commissioners will appear on the commission meeting agenda prior to the meeting date. Agenda items for the stadium project will be included in the regular agenda and presented publicly. Board of Commissioner agendas are located here.
- Amend county codes to create special tax district, circulator fee, per night hotel room fee and rental car tax (Cobb Board of Commissioners approved)
- RFP or RFQ to be issued for Construction Manager and Project Manager(Cobb Purchasing Department to issue)
- Negotiation/Approval/Execution of Transportation and Infrastructure Agreement (Cobb Board of Commissioners to approve)
- Stadium footprint determined (Atlanta Braves)
- Permit and inspect plans for pipeline relocation (Cobb Community Development to issue)
- Circulator design project awarded (Cobb Board of Commissioners to approve)
- Process application for Rezoning to accommodate development surrounding stadium site (Cobb Community Development to review)
- Public Safety discussions with Braves Security to assess public safety needs at stadium (Cobb DPS to lead)
- Negotiation/Approval/Execution of Non-Relocation Agreement (Cobb Board of Commissioners to approve)
- Negotiation/Approval/Execution of Intergovernmental Agreement (Cobb Board of Commissioners to approve)
- Negotiation/Approval/Execution of Operating Agreement (Cobb Board of Commissioners to approve)
- Negotiation/Approval/Execution of Development Agreement (Cobb Board of Commissioners to approve)
- Stadium property conveyed from Braves to Coliseum Hall Authority (Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority Board to approve)
- Issue bonds for funding stadium project (Cobb Board of Commissioners to approve)
- Project manager in place (Cobb Board of Commissioners to approve)
- Process application for Development of Regional Impact Review (Cobb Community Development to review)
- Pedestrian bridge bid package released (Cobb DOT)
- Public Safety officials begin shadowing current stadium security officers to gather operational information on stadium security (Cobb DPS to lead)
- Pedestrian bridge bid awarded (Cobb Board of Commissioners to approve)
- Circulator vehicle specs to be completed (Cobb DOT)
- Drafting of plans for stadium and surrounding development security needs (Cobb DPS)
- Receive completed circulator study (Cobb DOT to receive)
- Finalize public safety needs and operations plan for stadium and surrounding development (Cobb DPS)
- Windy Hill improvements bid package released (Cobb DOT to issue)
- Order circulator vehicles (Cobb Board of Commissioners to approve)
- Windy Hill improvements bid awarded (Cobb Board of Commissioners)
- Windy Hill improvements construction begins (Cobb DOT to issue)
- Windy Hill Improvements completed
- Pedestrian bridge completed
- Approve entertainment and vending ordinances for stadium and surrounding development
- Opening Day
Development Information and Documents
- Cobb/Braves Memorandum of Understanding 11/26/2013
- Executed Development Agreement 5/27/2014
- Resolution for Development Agreement 5/27/2014
- Non-Relocation Agreement 5/27/2014
- Resolution and Construction Administration 5/27/2014
- Resolution for Assurance Agreement 5/27/2014
- SunTrust Park Construction Management Agreement 5/27/2014
- Resolution for Sale and Issuance of Bond 5/27/2014
- Resolution SunTrust Park Operating Agreement 5/27/2014
Traffic Management Plan for SunTrust Park
The Cobb County Police Department, in collaboration with the Cobb County Department of Transportation and other partners, has developed this traffic management plan (TMP) for events at SunTrust Park, with the following guiding principles:
- Provide for safe, efficient vehicular and pedestrian arrival and departure;
- Minimize traffic impacts to nearby neighborhoods, businesses and daily commuters;
- Leverage extensive thoroughfare network which provides 14 points of access, including two interstates; and
- Leverage the County's Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS).
The County's ATMS includes a Regional Transportation Management Center (TMC) and an adaptive traffic control system. The TMC will be linked with control centers in SunTrust Park and will facilitate review of more than 200 traffic cameras to coordinate rapid response to traffic needs. The adaptive traffic control system utilizes a central computer in the TMC to monitor traffic on every approach of every lane at every signalized intersection in the greater Cumberland/Galleria area to provide automatic traffic signal timing adjustments in real time based on changes in traffic patterns.
This TMP will be reviewed and modified frequently over the course of the Braves' first season at SunTrust Park and periodically thereafter to incorporate changes in the area to include completion of roadway projects, new development and changes in parking availability and traffic patterns.
Read the entire Traffic Management Plan (updated March 1, 2018)
SunTrust Park’s location allows for 14 major points of access, offering entry from all directions. The majority of traffic will arrive and depart using Interstate 75 (north/south) and Interstate 285 (east/west) and disperse to parking locations in advance of the “front door” to the ballpark. For example, traffic from the north can exit the interstate early and navigate directly to parking on the north side of SunTrust Park. Traffic will flow through a broader thoroughfare network rather than accumulate on a few roadways, allowing for improved travel times and minimized congestion.
- From the office of Chairman Tim Lee February 2015 Update
- Final Guaranteed Maximum Price