MLB commissioner, Rob Manfred, expressed pleasure at the new SunTrust Park in Georgia.
Manfred toured the Atlanta Braves facility on Friday. According to Manfred, it could serve as a model for other franchises looking to build stadiums.
“I do think it’s a model for other organizations,” said Manfred. “You know, we asked our fans to do a lot. They come 81 times a year. You’ve to make sure you have a venue that is attractive and provides entertainment alternatives, food alternatives. The Braves have done just an unbelievable job with those concepts.”
Before a game between the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres, Manfred commented on the Cobb County stadium, which has a capacity of 41,149, almost nine thousand lass than the old Braves stadium, Turner Field, boasted.
“The ballpark itself is beautiful, but I really think the scope of the project itself is a model for baseball,” said Manfred. “Hats off to [Braves chairman] Terry McGuirk and his team for the fantastic job that they’ve done here.”
The venue was part of a $1.1 billion development that is near an entertainment and residential district called the Battery. It is near a series of high trafficked interchanges and freeways.
“The most exciting thing for me is the number of fans who were here really early and were enjoying the place for a full day,” said Manfred. “We’re off to a great start.”