The Atlanta Braves' new stadium may have a zip line
MLB stadiums continue to get more and more innovative as the years go on, and SunTrust Park -- the new home of the Atlanta Braves, opening in 2017 -- will be no different.
The new venue, which is about 15 miles removed from where the Braves currently play their home games, may feature a creative way for fans to roam about the ballpark: a zip line.
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Marcy Williams of the AM 750 WSB Radio, the team is considering adding in a zip line to help make transportation throughout the park faster and easier -- and a lot more fun.
Braves Executive Vice-President Derek Schiller says a zip line is part of the team's effort to make an outing to the ballpark more family friendly.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports the zip line would most likely be placed behind the video board to carry people from one end of the concourse to the other.
The video board will be perched in center field, so, if instituted, players and fans would presumably be able to watch fans zip across the outfield.
This certainly has the possibility of being a dangerous endeavor in such a large place, but if handled right, would surely make SunTrust Park one of the coolest places to catch a game.
By John Dorn
Ranking all 30 MLB stadiums
Ranking MLB stadiums
30. Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay Rays
The playing surface is a mixture of grass and artificial turf, and there are fire inspection rings in play over head. Must be a joy to play in.
29. Rogers Centre, Toronto Blue Jays
The only things worse than this warehouse-looking place are the metric measurements on the outfield walls.
27. Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas Rangers
Remember when this place was state of the art? Neither do we.
(AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
26. U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago White Sox
What’s more bland than the Chicago White Sox? Their uniforms. What’s worse than that? The stadium.
(AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)
24. Marlins Park, Miami Marlins
Makes perfect sense for an orange and teal team to play in a stadium with neon green everything. Also, has anyone ever figured out what exactly
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
22. Progressive Field, Cleveland Indians
The fact that it’s no longer Jacobs Field bumps this down at least five spots.
19. Chase Field, Arizona Diamondbacks
Center field is the deepest part of the stadium, guys. The wall doesn’t need to be that high.
18. Yankee Stadium, New York Yankees
Great place to see the best baseball players of the 20th century.
(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
17. Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers
Bernie sliding down that slide for every home run is ridiculous and awesome at the same time. Every time.
(AP Photo/Morry Gash)
16. Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Phillies
Once you get over the fact that some little league parks have deeper fences? Cool place to catch a game.
(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
15. Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Dodgers
They should probably just name it Vin Scully Stadium at this point. Might help them out in these rankings.
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
14. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City Royals
The scoreboard being shaped like a long crown is a bit odd, but you can’t blame them for playing up the whole royalty thing.
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
13. Coors Field, Colorado Rockies
If it’s not a blizzard in Denver, Coors Field is still pretty impressive. But let’s lose those humidors and get these balls flying like its 2001.
(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
12. Comerica Park, Detroit Tigers
Credit to the grounds crew for making sure the infield didn’t collapse through the ground while Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera manned the corners. That approached a good 600 pounds of man.
(AP Photo/Matt Halip)
11. Minute Maid Park, Houston Astros
Get back to us next year, once that ridiculous hill and flag pole are scrapped.
(AP Photo/Bob Levey)
10. Target Field, Minnesota Twins
You probably won’t want to sit outside in Minnesota until about mid-June, but after that, Target Field is tough to beat.
(AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
9. Citi Field, New York Mets
Ownership may be fresh out of cash, but at least its stadium has an awesome selection of $12 beers.
(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
7. Safeco Field, Seattle Mariners
For a stadium that opened up in 1999, the Mariners’ digs have held up pretty well -- even when their roster hasn’t.
(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
5. Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox
Relax, Fenway is definitely an amazing place to watch a game. But sitting directly behind a pole and/or facing the left-center field wall just isn’t always appealing.
4. Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs
We’re glad the Cubs decided to keep their old home intact, but there’s no two ways about it: Until renovation is complete, Wrigley is a dump.
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
3. PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pirates
After two decades under .500, the Pirates are finally playing some winning ball again. Good thing, because their park deserves as many games as possible.
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
2. Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore Orioles
Still as beautiful as the day it opened in 1992, Camden Yards is headed toward becoming the next legendary American ballpark.
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
1. AT&T Park, San Francisco Giants
Already 15 years and three names later, AT&T Park remains the best place to watch a Major League Baseball game. Between the amazing food, packed-out stands and the glistening bay in right field, San Francisco is lucky to call it home.
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