The Atlanta Braves' home opener at SunTrust Park is on Friday against the San Diego Padres.
It is the stadium's first sold-out event following two test events that revealed a few issues.
Here are three things we will be watching for during SunTrust Park's opening:
Everyone's number one concern is traffic. The Braves have been scrambling to get the roads around SunTrust Park opened, including the wider ramps getting off the interstates. We will be watching to see if the roads are opened and how traffic flows for a sold-out game. Fans are encouraged to use Waze for navigation or Uber to get to and from the game. We'll be asking fans about their experiences using these Braves partners. More on the Braves' traffic plan.
2. Parking and sidewalks.
Parking is scattered around Circle 75 Parkway and across the interstates on Windy Ridge and Interstate Parkway. The Braves President of Business Derek Schiller said that all sidewalks will be opened on Friday for the home opener. They were not for the exhibition game on March 31, forcing fans and the media into the busy streets. The Braves have also said the pedestrian bridge crossing I-285 will be opened on Friday at 3:30 p.m. for pedestrians. However, there will be no bus traffic on the bridge, yet. We will be watching to see the ease in which it takes for fans to get from their parking spot to the stadium.
3. Glitches fixed
Schiller said the major glitches experienced during the test events have been fixed. He said those events, which included a Braves exhibition game and UGA baseball game, paid off tremendously. One issue was an entire row of seats was blocked by the tarp on the field. The Braves said they would have the issue fixed by Opening Day, and Schiller said on Thursday that the tarp has been lowered and folded correctly. We will be checking in with that row.
There were also issues with the video board malfunctioning and needing a reset during the game. Video feeds to areas like the press box were also an issue. Schiller said those issues have been fixed, as well. We'll be seeing if the glitches have indeed been fixed and if any more surface.
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