Braves to open gates early for World Cup viewing

ATLANTA -- The Braves will open the Turner Field gates at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday to allow ticket holders for that night's game against the Mets to watch the World Cup match between the United States and Belgium on the JumboTron in center field.

The match is part of the World Cup's single-elimination Round of 16. If the United States, which placed second in Group G, wins, it will advance to the quarterfinals. ESPN will broadcast the match live from Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil.

This will be the second U.S. match to come on a day with a Braves' home game, but the 6 p.m. start time between the U.S. and Ghana on June 16 was too close to that day's scheduled first pitch at 7:10 p.m. to air the broadcast.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.