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Almost from the time the Braves announced they would build a stadium near Cumberland Mall, fans have asked: Where’s the parking?
The Braves answered Wednesday, releasing a lineup of 19 lots and decks where the team said it will sell parking for games this season.
Some have been built by the team. Most have been leased by the team from other businesses in the area for game use.
The lots are distributed widely around the stadium. The Braves said those that are more than a 15-minute walk from the ballpark will be served by a free shuttle.
The Braves’ parking prices will range from $18 to $23 per game, depending on location.
Highlights of the parking lineup:
** Three decks available for game use are on the 57-acre site that includes the stadium and adjacent mixed-use development. The Orange valet deck will be open only to SunTrust Club and Chairman Club season-ticket holders and to Champion suite holders. The Delta Deck will be available to season-ticket holders in the Executive club seats, Infiniti club seats and Infiniti suites. The Red deck, some of which will be allocated to residents of apartments in The Battery, will have a limited number of spots available for game use.
** Four lots/decks are on Circle 75 Parkway, two calculated by the Braves to be less than a five-minute walk from the stadium and two said to be a 10-minute walk.
** Six lots are at businesses alongside Interstate North Parkway on the east side of I-75, accessible to the stadium by crossing a Windy Ridge Parkway pedestrian bridge over 75. The Braves describe three of these lots as a 10-minute walk from the stadium and three as a 15-minute walk.
** One parking facility is across I-285 from the stadium at the Cobb Galleria, accessible via pedestrian bridge, said to be a 10-minute walk but only available for selected games.
** Five lots that would be a 15-plus-minute or 20-plus-minute walk from the stadium will be served by shuttles.
Times vary on when the lots will be accessible before games.
The Braves will put single-game tickets on sale to the general public Friday. The team also will begin selling single-game parking passes at that time.
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Minus a few essential finishing touches — installing the bases, attaching the padding to the outfield wall and the like — SunTrust Park looks just about ready for a baseball game.
The Braves opened their new Cobb County stadium to the media for what the team termed a “sneak peek” Wednesday, 37 days before the first regular-season game there.
“Our goal was always to make sure that by the time we played opening day, there was no Georgia red clay flowing down the streets,” Mike Plant, the Braves’ president of development, said as he stood in the plaza that connects The Battery to the stadium. “And that goal has been achieved.”
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