When Jason Aldean showed up at SunTrust Park on a chilly March day to announce his summer concert, he already had a simple goal: “We want to come in and make a statement show,” he said.
On Saturday, Aldean will get his wish to commandeer the Braves’ home when he stages his “High Noon Neon Tour” at the stadium. Expect to hear plenty from his stash of hits, including “Take a Little Ride,” “Night Train,” “Dirt Road Anthem” and “My Kinda Party.”
The significance of selling out Atlanta Braves stadium can’t be overstated for the Macon native, a lifelong fan of the baseball team who, in 2013, also played Sanford Stadium in Athens for the first-ever concert at the Georgia Bulldogs’ venue (he’s the only artist to have played both).
Aldean will joined by Hootie & The Blowfish (singer Darius Rucker is a longtime friend), “Hurricane” hitman Luke Combs and Rossville native and 2011 “American Idol” runner-up, Lauren Alaina.
For the show, SunTrust Park will open its Infiniti Club and Delta Sky360 Club for all guests, regardless of their seat type or section (don’t bypass this opportunity, folks – it’s air conditioned!).
Here are some other tips to help you navigate Saturday’s concert.
The lineup: Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs, Hootie & The Blowfish and Jason Aldean
When: Gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday; show time is 5:30 p.m. (Alaina is up first, Aldean is tentatively scheduled to hit the stage around 9 p.m.) Lines will be monitored and additional gates will be opened for entry as needed.
Weather: Today’s chance of rain has been reduced to 40 percent from this morning’s 80 percent chance. The concert is a rain or shine event, so be prepared with a poncho or small umbrella.
Tickets: The show is sold out, but visit ticketmaster.com for verified reseller options and last-minute releases. All tickets must be purchased online or via phone (1-800-745-3000).
Field level tickets: A pit area immediately in front of the stage is general admission standing room only (these tickets were available to members of the Jason Aldean fan club). All other ticketed locations on the field are reserved seating.
Parking:Guests are encouraged to secure their parking pass in advance. Prices at the surrounding lots range from $16 to $25.
Leave it at home: Check mlb.com/braves for a full list of prohibited items, but included are alcoholic beverages; bags or purses exceeding 16”x16”x8”; camera lenses exceeding 5 inches; folding chairs; firearms and other weapons (knives, mace, pepper spray, tasers or toy replicas of weapons); laser pointers; fireworks. RELATED from AJC: What’s allowed, what’s not at SunTrust Park
Extracurricular activity: Fans might want to check out Aldean’s installment in the PBS documentary series, “Breaking Big.” Interviews with Aldean, Live Nation President of Country Touring Brian O’Connell and yours truly were recorded when Aldean visited SunTrust Park in March to announce his Atlanta concert.