SMYRNA, Ga. — The Atlanta Braves start playing in their new stadium in less than two months, but many questions surround the looming first pitch at SunTrust Park.
Among the questions swirling: Where will people park?
The Braves and Cobb County anticipate 82 percent of people will drive a private vehicle to the new 41,500-seat stadium, according to a parking and traffic management plan from Cobb County. Just 6 percent will take a taxi or ride-sharing option, while a measly 1 percent will use public transportation.
Officials claim there may be as many as 32,490 parking spaces at the new stadium. And, of those, 68.4 percent are a 15-minute walk or longer from the stadium, an analysis of the plan reveals.
The team owns just 15.1 percent — or 4,294 — of the total number of spots expected to be available. Another 6,599 parking spaces will be leased, leaving the remaining 20,967 planned spaces as “Potential Entrepreneur & Building Tenant Spaces,” the plan reveals.
Most of the entrepreneur spaces (nearly 86.4 percent) are a 15-minute or longer walk from the stadium.