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Mercedes-Benz Stadium vs. SunTrust Park

By Ashton Pike | June 25, 2018 | Articles

THE VIBE
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, @mercedesbenzstadium: Though attending an Atlanta United FC game at this new state-of-the-art indoor stadium certainly requires some planning in the group text, once your ticket is scanned, you can expect a real good time. We’re talking seating up to 71,000, loads of walk-up and sit-down restos and bars, and a fan atmosphere that’s been described as one of the best in Major League Soccer (read: LOUD!). @atlutd

SunTrust Park, @suntrustpark: Sunny days and SunTrust Park go hand in hand, thanks to a steady schedule of Atlanta Braves home games (making last-minute tickets a breeze) and a gorgeous new 41,000-seat stadium. But even on the Braves’ off-days, adjacent complex The Battery Atlanta opens at 11am sharp and caters to ATL’s party set with eatertainment options galore. @braves; @thebatteryatl

THE PLAYER TO WATCH
Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Scoring 19 goals in just 20 appearances in his debut season last year, 25-year-old Venezuelan forward Josef Martinez is a force to be reckoned with on the field. @josefmartinez17

SunTrust Park: Curaçaon second baseman Ozzie Albies, who’s only 21, is at the top of the league’s home-run leaderboard and drilled his first career grand slam in early May. @albiesozzie97

THE HANGOUTS
Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Nothing says game day in the South quite like classic barbecue—especially when it’s from Fox Bros Bar-B-Q. After you’ve successfully entered a food coma, wash it down at Terrapin Brewing Neighborhood Bar in section 106. Round of Hopsecutioner, anyone? @foxbrosbarbq; @terrapinbeerco

SunTrust Park: Start the pre-baseball-game nosh session at The El Felix with a bowl of dangerously delicious queso fundido before heading to the two-level Sports & Social, where multiple bustling bars, interactive games and enormous TVs await. @theelfelix; @sportssocialatl

THE LIVE MUSIC
Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium on non-game days means some of the most anticipated summer concerts of 2018: think two nights of Taylor Swift (Aug. 10 and 11) followed by Beychella round two with Beyoncé and Jay Z (Aug. 25 and 26). @taylorswift; @beyonce

SunTrust Park: What’s summer without an outdoor country music concert? Georgia’s own Jason Aldean and Lauren Alaina (a former JEZEBEL cover star) hit SunTrust Park July 21, along with up-and-comer Luke Combs and all-time favorite Hootie & the Blowfish for a ballpark bash like no other. @jasonaldean; @laurenalaina; @lukecombs



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