ATLANTA - When the Atlanta Braves start the new baseball season next week at Turner Field, the Upton brothers won't be the only new things greeting park-goers.
The Braves always come up with unique and new content for fans each season, and this year is no exception. There are new scoreboard clocks at the stadium that will show images and videos during the games. The location of the Braves' retired numbers has moved - from the area in front of Sky Field to the first and third base sides below the club level. The team has retired uniform numbers 44 (Hank Aaron), 41 (Eddie Mathews), 3 (Dale Murphy), 35 (Phil Niekro), 21 (Warren Spahn), 31 (Greg Maddux), 47 (Tom Glavine), 6 (Bobby Cox) and 29 (John Smoltz). The Jackie Robinson's number 42 has been retired throughout baseball.
The Braves Museum and Hall of Fame have been given a digital upgrade, with 50 tablet computers providing an interactive guided tour of Turner Field. This marks the first tour of its kind in all of Major League Baseball.
While we're talking about digital - Wifi capability at Turner Field has been increased, allowing fans to surf the net for free while at Turner Field. A new At The Ballpark app for iOS and Android users allows fans to upgrade their tickets, buy game-used merchandise, view a seating chart with information about the nearest concessions and restrooms and the capability to listen to the Braves radio broadcast.
Custom merchandise is now available at a new shop in section 118, while in section 151, big and tall merchandise is now available with sizes up to 6X along with larger fitted caps.
New food offerings at Turner Field this year includes Yickety Yogurt & More in section 206 and 316 with self-serve frozen yogurt and slushies; Dantanna's in section 216 is offering crab cake sandwiches and sesame steak skewers. The Chop House has just finished an off-season renovation and features new lighting and fixtures along with a bobblehead wall, featuring 250 bobbleheads. They're adding smoked pulled pork nachos and a smoked cheddar sausage grinder to the menu.
H&F Burger has the legendary Holeman & Finch Public House handcrafted burger - which marks the first time the highly-sought-after burger will be made available outside of the Buckhead eatery. The burger features Chef Linton Hopkins' double patty cheeseburger topped with house-made ketchup, mustard and pickles, and served on a locally-sourced bun produced by its sister company H&F Bread Co. To guarantee getting one of these burgers, the Braves are offering 24 exclusive tickets to every game, which includes an outfield seat in section 148L, 149R or 151L near the H&F Burger stand and a fast-pass to access the front of the line - for $32. You can order those tickets online beginning Wednesday at http://Braves.com/hfburger.
The Braves also are going to be one of six major league ballparks to serve wines in disposable, ready-to-serve wine glasses. The wines, from Mendocino County's Fetzer and industry newcomer Zipz will include their Crimson Red Blend and Quartz White Blend. The wines will run between $9 and $11 at the ballpark, and will roll out to retail stores this summer.