TEAM ::: GWINNETT BRAVES
LOCATION ::: LAWRENCEVILLE,
MY FIRST VISIT ::: MAY 26, 2009
OPPONENT ::: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS
LEVEL ::: INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE 'AAA'
BALLFIELD ::: A
SCOREBOARD ::: A+
FOOD ::: A-
MASCOT ::: B
MY TAKE ON THE PARK
In 2009 the Gwinnett region, a suburb of Atlanta fields the relocated
Richmond Braves. I wouldn't even think to start to compare the new park with the Diamond in Richmond, but when the new place
is very modern and completely different, it makes for a nice evening in this suburb north of Atlanta.
Gwinnett Stadium is a very modern ballpark, which is small and comfortable.
I would go so far as to say it is a simple park with a
$3 to park into a spacious lot where they seem to have traffic flowing
well. I didn't notice any traffic issues here. Tickets are a bit on the high side, compared to other Internationanl League
teams but not compared to the Atlanta club. $15 for an infield seat, however you are given a program upon entering the park.
Like Atlanta, they sell regional hot dogs at the game, I had a Georgia
Dog which is a hot
dog w/ relish cole slaw and vidalia onion. It was very good!
The seating is a comfortable, dark blue seats surround the stadium
from foul pole to foul pole.
The second level is for luxury boxes, luxury
seems to be key here.
Like Yankee Stadium there was a section seating behind home plate that looked eerily similar.
I went on a rainy Tuesday night so I can't be sure if the seats aren't
filled or people just
stayed away due to the weather.
Behind the sea of blue seats runs a spacious 360 concourse where good
views can be had throughout the park. The grass in the outfield seemed like a popular place to enjoy the game.
Speaking of the game, the
scoreboard is midwest fast on the updates and is
informative. The sound system here is also very good.
A Braves game north of Atlanta is still a cheaper way to spend the night
than traveling to Atlanta. Here the Braves put on a good show in a park that I think is incomplete.
In the drawings of the place, I see something will be going up in left
field. Right now there is a wall out there behind the bullpens giving batters something to aim at.
I will have to make a return trip to see if there is any progress, also
to see if the seats behind home plate are filled. Just remember, even
though it is an Atlanta suburb, there is still
Atlanta traffic. I'm thinking it is worse than Chicago and DC.
THE LINE UPS
Indianapolis Indians manager :::
22 Frank Kremblas
Gwinnett Braves manager :::
45 Dave Brundage
2 Andrew McCutchen cf
5 Shelby Ford 2b
34 Jeff Salazar
26 Steve Pearce 1b
27 Garret Jones rf
24 Neil Walker 3b
14 Erik Kratz c
6 Luis Cruz ss
28 Eric Hacker
18 Juan Mateo LP
1 Gregor Blanco cf
19 Wes Timmons 2b
55 Barbaro Canizares
15 Brooks Conrad ss
4 J.C. Holt lf
8 Van Pope 3b
5 Clint Simmons c
22 Brian Barton rf
32 Tommy Hanson
29 Luis Valdez WP
INDIANS 000 100
000 0 1 6 0
BRAVES 001 000 000
1 2 8 0
TIME ::: 3:03
ATTENDANCE ::: 4,120
::: 75 CLOUDY HUMID
GAME DELAYED :17 DUE TO RAIN
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