The 2013 National League East Champion Atlanta Braves began the 2014 season just a few short days ago. The Braves home opener on Tuesday, April 8 will delight Braves Country with the start of a new season. Here are some new things to look for when coming to Turner Field.
Now more than ever it's easy for fans to buy and access their game tickets. Fans can purchase and manage their tickets by using their computer or smartphone and access Turner Field with mobile tickets (via Braves FanPass or the iPhone's Passbook). A quick tutorial on how it works can be found at braves.com/fanpass.
This is the first year fans will have to just show the ticket QR code (similar to a mobile airplane ticket) on their smartphone for entrance into the ballpark. Fans are able to electronically transfer their ticket(s) as well. Basically, your smartphone is your ticket!
Braves season ticket holders can access their game tickets and parking vouchers from their braves.com/myaccount to either download their ticket/parking barcode or electronically transfer to someone. That barcode includes the 33% concession discount, 755 Club entry and/or added value (if applicable).
At the Ballpark app additions in 2014
Season Ticket Holder offerings inside At The Ballpark:
- Seat upgrades - 33% off all upgrades
- Memories is the Braves season ticket holder loyalty program
- A few days prior to each homestand, season ticket holders can select from various experiential items like watching fireworks from the field, getting a free H&F Burger, on-field pit passes for concerts, etc.
- Best Available Forever program - sign up through season ticket holder account and upgrade your seat for $5 when the gates open. STH is guaranteed a better seat than the one they originally purchased.
For all fans:
- Fans can purchase a general admission seat online at braves.com/tickets and be guaranteed an upgrade after the game has started using the At the Ballpark app.
AT&T charging stations
Since adding new smartphone technology to Turner Field, fans will need to juice up to take advantage of all the bells and whistles. The Braves will offer five universal charging stations that will be placed around the ballpark for fans running low on their smartphone battery charge.
Hank Aaron 715 uniform patch and Turner Field wall decal
During the entire 2014 season, the Braves will feature a commemorative 715 patch on the right sleeve of their uniforms. The patch, in the shape of home plate, has a navy background with the number 715 in red, Hank Aaron's autograph across the numbers, a "40th Anniversary" banner across the top and the feather that was featured on both uniform sleeves is featured at the bottom of the patch.
The same design will be displayed on the outfield wall in the approximate location that Hank hit number 715 in Fulton County stadium.
New batting practice caps and jerseys
During batting practice the Braves will wear new caps and jerseys. The cap is a throwback look with the lower case "a" in red and outlined in white and navy blue on a white background in the front and navy mesh in the back. The batting practice jersey features navy on the front and sleeves with a red back with navy numbers outlined in white. The Braves logo on the front is in red and outlined in white.
Military appreciation uniforms
The Braves will wear new military appreciation jerseys on special home dates when the Braves will honor our nation's service men and women.
The red jersey with navy and white piping features the Braves script in navy with white stars and includes an American flag patch on the left sleeve. After each game the jerseys are worn, they will be auctioned off online with the proceeds going to several military supportive charities including the USO, the Wounded Warrior Project, United Military Care, Inc., the SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center and BraveHeart: Welcome Back Veterans Southeast Initiative.
The Braves will wear these special jerseys during the following games:
- April 26 vs. Cincinnati Reds - Georgia National Guard; also Military Family Night
- June 13 Los Angeles Angels - United States Army Anniversary
- July 19 Philadelphia Phillies - United States Marines Celebration
- August 30 Miami Marlins - United States Navy Celebration
- September 19 New York Mets - United States Air Force Anniversary
Photo Booth stations
Everyone knows what a "selfie" is these days, but let's go back to the good 'ole photo booth to capture some fun! Turner Field will feature six Braves branded photo booths located throughout the ballpark for fans to capture a special Braves Country memory. The booths are located:
- Section 126, across from STH Clubhouse Room
- Aisle 427
- Hank Aaron Ramp, FL, across/near from Right Field Patio
- Aisle 231
- Family Zone (off of Fan Plaza) between claw machines
The Hyundai Lot replaces the former Nalley lot at the SE corner of Hank Aaron Drive and Ralph D. Abernathy. This convenient pay lot is exclusively for Hyundai drivers only.
Braves Museum and Hall of Fame
The Braves Museum and Hall of Fame will have several new exhibits in 2014. There is collection of photographs and artifacts on display celebrating the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's 715th home run. Did you know that the 715th home run ball and the bat Aaron used to hit that home run are in the Braves Museum?
There will also be special exhibits that revolve around some other special events the Braves will celebrate in 2014: the 100th Anniversary of the Braves first World Series Championship in 1914 (Boston Braves); a special Braves in Cooperstown exhibit, honoring Bobby Cox, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine for their 2014 induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame; an exhibit honoring the 2014 Braves Hall of Fame inductees -Javier Lopez, Rabbit Maranville and Dave Pursely; an exhibit featuring new photographers of all 25 current roster members.
FM Radio Flagship partner
The 50,000 watt All News 106.7 comes onboard to Braves Country this season replacing Rock 100.5 as the Braves FM flagship, joining their sister station, 680 the Fan on the AM dial. This powerful signal will keep Braves fans in the game with Don Sutton and Jim Powell.
Sweetwater Brewing Company is taking over the beer island in the middle of the Fan Plaza and will feature many of their custom craft beers.
Four refillable souvenir cups will be rolled out throughout the season, first one will be Braves 2014 season schedule. Other cups will feature 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Bobby Cox, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.
Rita's Italian Ice - During those dog days of summer, stop by one of the many Rita's Italian Ice concession stands and pick up something to cool down. The stands are located at sections 105, 233, 414 and 425.