Charged up about Braves site

Bat­tery At­lanta brings en­ergy to the new­ball­park.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Charled Odum

at­lanta » The Braves’ new ball­park looks like a throw­back sta­dium with its green seats, brick­walls and old- school, in­ti­mate feel.

That’s from an ini­tial glance in­side the park.

Be­yond the sta­di­umwalls sits the re­al­wow­fac­tor that could be a game- changer for the in­dus­try.

At­lanta’s new SunTrust Park is part of a 60- acre com­plex that will in­clude restau­rants, re­tail shops, res­i­den­tial ar­eas, a four- star ho­tel and a con­cert hall. The $ 622 mil­lion ball­park is the main at­trac­tion, but it is only part ofwhat the Braves are pro­mot­ing as “the South’s pre- em­i­nent life­style des­ti­na­tion” — The Bat­tery At­lanta.

Baseball Com­mis­sioner RobMan­fred be­lieves it’s the model for fu­ture ball­parks.

Man­fred toldTheAs­so­ci­ated Press that he views the Braves’ new mixed- use devel­op­ment as a “wa­ter­shed” event for baseball, “like with Cam­den Yards in the early ’ 90s.”

“I think the scope of the mixed- use devel­op­ment sur­round­ing the ball­park and the eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity it has cre­ated for the club is what peo­ple see as rev­o­lu­tion­ary,” Man­fred said Tues­day. “It’s a dif­fer­ent era in terms of community fi­nanc­ing for fa­cil­i­ties.

“I think the kind of mixed- use devel­op­ment the Braves have done at SunTrust Park pro­vides a roadmap for clubs to get new sta­di­ums built.”

Bal­ti­more’s Cam­den Yards cre­ated a wave of throw­back sta­di­ums in baseball when it opened in 1992. Man­fred said the Braves’ park will be copied by other teams.

St. Louis, Boston and Los An­ge­les are among other cities that have­made it easy for fans to dine, shop and even live in com­plexes that in­clude sports venues. Man­fred said the Braves took the con­cept to a new level.

“There has never been some­thing this mas­sive around a baseball sta­dium and it’s re­ally an amaz­ing ac­com­plish­ment,” Man­fred said.

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