December 9, 2023

Thanks to a work conference at the Ritz Carlton in Atlanta, I got to add a Major League Baseball stadium to the history books and catch a Braves game with a colleague to boot.

The stadiums I’d seen a game in before Tuesday are: Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies.

This made the Braves’ park No. 13 among existing stadiums. I had seen Rangers in their previous park, and I watched the Astros beat the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Astrodome. In all, I’ve watched 24 MLB teams in person.

Architecturally, Truist Park reminded me of the Ballpark in Arlington some. The bushes in centerfield reminded me of what I’ve seen from the Phillies home park.

Super steep upper deck. Hot dogs were solid, and the Hopsecutioner beer was really good. In all, I spent $40 for two dogs and a craft beer.

Fans were into the baseball. Why not? They’re world champs. The entertainment district in The Battery is pretty unreal. It’s like the stadium is connected to a big mall of bars and restaurants.

For travelers, the rideshare area is really helpful, making it easy to catch that Uber or Lyft after the game.

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