Update: After public backlash, the Atlanta Braves have reversed their policy and will now allow fans to bring outside food into SunTrust Park.
Original story: The Atlanta Braves have changed the policy regarding food and beverages that fans are permitted to bring into the new SunTrust Park.
Beginning this season, ticketholders will not be allowed to bring in outside food. Exceptions will be made for infant food and for special dietary restriction items, according to a Braves spokesperson. Fans bringing in such food items may enter through any gate.
Fans may also bring their own water, but it must be in a sealed plastic container.
The changes are the result of tighter security put in place by the Braves, a spokesperson clarified. An earlier statement suggested it was a league-wide mandate. Some Major League Baseball teams, including long-standing clubs like the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals, still allow outside food and drink to be brought into their venues.
The new food and drink policy is currently being updated on the Atlanta Braves website. It will be posted on the Braves’ website prior to the team’s exhibition game against the New York Yankees March 31.
There is an approved tailgating zone near Surface Lot 6 at SunTrust Park where fans can enjoy their own food and beverages before entering the stadium. The designated lot will remain unlocked for two hours after each regular season game.
The Braves open the season Monday, April 3, against the Mets in New York. Their home opener against the San Diego Padres, Friday, April 14, is sold out. Some standing room only tickets will go sale April 10.
Are you planning to head to a Braves game this season? Here’s what you’ll pay at concessions for some typical ballpark fare. When it comes to food, there are two pricing tiers: regular prices and A-list prices. The latter is an amenity for Atlanta Braves season ticket holders.
Jumbo all-beef hot dog: Regular price: $6.50, A-list price: $5.75
Burger basket (includes curly fries): Regular price: $10, A-list price: $9
Peanuts (8-ounce bag): Regular price: $5, A-list price: $4
Domestic draft beer: Large (24 ounces): $10, small (12 ounces): $5
Craft draft beer: 16 ounces, $9.50
Fountain soda: Souvenir (32 ounces) — Regular price: $7, A-list price: $5.25; Regular fountain soda (22 ounces) — Regular price: $5.50, A-list price: $4