The Braves own or manage roughly 14,000 parking spaces near SunTrust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves. Thing is you practically have to be a rocket scientist in order to figure out how to navigate your way around them.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, none of the team’s parking lots will accept credit or debit cards for the first two games. This contradicts what the team’s website states.
While purchasing in advance will make your commute to the ballpark easier, if for some reason you don’t buy parking, there are five lots that will accept credit card payment upon arrival as long as space allows (no cash will be accepted). Those lots are Braves North 29, Braves East 31, Braves East 35, Braves East 41, Braves East 43.
The reason the first two games are cash-only isn’t out of necessity. It’s not because the credit card machines don’t work. It’s because the Braves are hoping to get fans in to the habit of buy parking in advance. Never mind that most of the parking lots are a 10 or 15 minute walks away from SunTrust Park, with no shuttle service available.
Yeah, I’m buying parking in advance with cash, and with my luck there will be a random summer storm or worse it’ll be 98 degrees outside. Really looking forward to that walk, but hey I brought my parking in advance.
And what if I find I have some free time one day and want to go to a game, but Oh no, I didn’t pay for parking in advance, guess I’ll just have to make other plans. This makes it seem like I’m being punished for not planning ahead, especially if I can’t use a credit card.
There are around 19 parking lots surrounding SunTrust Park, but if you’re smart enough to remember where they are located and which ones are for us regular fans and not VIPs, you’re waaaaay smarter than I am.
While paying with cash only may be temporary, the design of the ballpark and its parking is not. It’s not clear to me who all these forks are who like hiking 15 or 20 minutes to get to the ballpark and another 10 to 15 to get to their seat. Clearly, I’m not one of them.
Maybe someone in the Braves’ organization thought of this as some kind of cruel joke. Guess only time will tell.