Braves vow to fix SunTrust Park glitches before opening day


The Braves’ exhibition game Friday night at the new SunTrust Park exposed a few stadium glitches that team officials vow to correct before the regular-season home opener April 14.

“We had what I’ll call some operational challenges,” said Derek Schiller, the Braves’ president of business. “The reason we made sure we had an exhibition game here before our opener was that there was an expectancy that you’re going to have certain things that you’re going to have to perfect.

“I’d say most everything was somewhat anticipated and can easily be fixed by the 14th.”

Perhaps most noticeably, the main video board malfunctioned in the sixth inning.

“It’s a correctable issue,” said Schiller, adding that “a whole team of people” were working on it immediately after the game.

Another issue was that some fans in the first row of seats down the left-field line had their view of the field blocked by the rolled-up tarp.

“We believe we have a fix for that,” Schiller said. “We (can) slightly change the positioning of the tarp and how it sits down on the ground. Right now it’s sitting up too high.”

There was some experimentation with the LED lights during the game that concerned some Braves players, such as when the lights flashed after a strikeout of a Yankees batter.

The Braves plan to use lighting effects extensively in the new stadium, but “there’s a long way to go on that yet,” said Mike Plant, the team’s president of development.

Plant and Schiller acknowledged that waits at many concession stands were longer than desired Friday.

“There’s a lot of efficiencies that will be worked out, which is exactly why we have these (soft-opening) events so that we can get everybody properly trained,” Schiller said.

Despite the relatively minor issues, fans gushed over the new ballpark in interviews with the AJC.

Plant said the exhibition game was “like batting practice for us” in terms of preparing the stadium for its regular-season opener. Attendance, announced as 21,392, was limited to season-ticket holders and people associated with the project.

SunTrust Park will get another test run on April 8 when Georgia and Missouri play a college baseball game there.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Atlanta Braves

Braves’ win streak snapped on three unearned runs in ninth
Braves’ win streak snapped on three unearned runs in ninth

Julio Teheran just needed a little help. Despite his performance on the mound and at the plate, he didn’t get it. The Braves allowed three unearned runs in the ninth inning in a 5-3 loss to the Rockies Thursday night at SunTrust Park. Teheran trailed by a run in the fifth inning despite surrendering just two hits. Teheran’s RBI single in...
Q&A with Ronald Acuna on incident with Marlins
Q&A with Ronald Acuna on incident with Marlins

Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna spoke with the media Thursday, through an interpreter, after he was hit in the left elbow by the Marlins’ Jose Urena and forced to leave Wednesday’s game. He was back in the lineup Thursday in a series opener against the Rockies. Here are excerpts from the interview: Q. How do you feel today? A. First of all...
Q&A with Ender Inciarte on Ronald Acuna incident
Q&A with Ender Inciarte on Ronald Acuna incident

Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte spoke to the media Thursday after rookie Ronald Acuna was hit by a pitch by the Marlins’ Jose Urena and forced to leave Wednesday’s game. Here is a transcript of some of the interview: Q. What was your reaction when you found out the injury to Ronald Acuna was not as bad as it could have been? A. I&rsquo...
Acuna text to Snitker: I’m 100 percent ready to play
Acuna text to Snitker: I’m 100 percent ready to play

Braves manager Brian Snitker got a text message from Ronald Acuna on Thursday afternoon. Give Ender Inciarte an assist for the translation. The message: I’m 100 percent ready to play. That came as quite a surprise after Acuna was forced to leave Wednesday night’s game after he was hit on the left elbow with the first pitch of his first...
Acuna’s elbow OK, Braves outfielder listed day-to-day 
Acuna’s elbow OK, Braves outfielder listed day-to-day 

Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna has been ruled day-to-day after a CT scan performed Wednesday night on his left elbow came back normal, the team announced Thursday. The rookie outfielder left Wednesday’s game after he was hit with the first pitch of his first at-bat by the Marlins’ Jose Urena. Acuna will not miss any time, as he was...
More Stories