Hank Aaron gets first-pitch honors at SunTrust Park opener
Hank Aaron is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to cap pre-game activities opening SunTrust Park on Friday night, the Braves said.
Ceremonies before the Braves’ first regular-season game in the new stadium will include “welcoming home” team legends Aaron, Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Chipper Jones, Dale Murphy, Phil Niekro and John Smoltz.
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The Braves plan to “officially mark” completion of the ballpark by unveiling the team’s retired numbers.
Outside the stadium, “Braves legends” will lead an inaugural Braves Walk through The Battery Atlanta to the plaza for a “chop rally.”
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And before the Braves come to bat in the first inning, Cox will “officially start the chop” from the Coors Light Chop House.
Team officials have said they plan to make the “Braves Walk” and “start the chop” regular events at games this season.
Julio Teheran will be the Braves’ starting pitcher for Friday’s game against the San Diego Padres. Game start is scheduled for 7:35 p.m., but team officials asked fans to be in their seats by 6:30 p.m. for pregame ceremonies.
Parking lots around the stadium won’t take credit cards for the first game, so plan ahead.
The game is sold out.
Braves ace Teheran will start the first official game at the team’s new ballpark Friday. (Video by David O’Brien)