Braves beat Padres 5-2 on opening night at new stadium

Markakis, who grew up in nearby Woodstock, put the Braves ahead in the first with a two-run double off Jhoulys Chacin (1-2).

The Braves see the complex as a place fans can be entertained before and after games.

"I'm not going to lie, I had a good feeling about tonight", Inciarte, who hit three home runs all of past year, said.

Those were the main lessons Braves officials learned from the exhibition game, Marshall said, and it was reported that all issues in the game were fixed, including a rain tarp that blocked view for the first two rows of seats and a malfunction with the video board.

The Braves officially left Turner Field on December 31, ending a 20-year run at the ballpark, which saw a World Series championship in 1995. Among the familiar faces: Hank Aaron (who threw out the first pitch), Bobby Cox (who started the "Chop"), and Dale Murphy, Phil Niekro, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Chipper Jones (who participated in a pre-game "Braves Walk" and were present for their retired numbers being unveiled). First pitch at SunTrust Park is set for approximately 7:30 p.m.

It was his third home run of the season.

Fans flocked to the Monument Garden, featuring the new Hank Aaron statue and the extensive kids area with virtual reality and a zip line. "Many elements of this approach are fundamentally different than the fan's experience at Turner Field". This isn't just another opening day in Atlanta. But tonight is the real deal with 41,000+ fans expected to pack the stadium.

After struggling on a long road trip to open the season, the Braves are glad to finally play in their new home.

But the Braves ultimately hope their new home will serve as the gateway to future success. That venue, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, is scheduled to open this summer. The Braves authorized BRED to acquire various parcels of property to build the proposed stadium and mixed-use development.

The stadium has earned positive reviews from Braves players.

Then: "We have a lot of fans from out of state". The very early indications are that it might favor the hitters at least a little bit. "The thing that we found with being in the stadium, a lot of the time - in postgame in particular - what you see going on behind you is a tear-down".

It may be the latest installment in the history of Major League Baseball stadiums - the Texas Rangers have announced a new stadium plan - but there are concerns.

Haggard said he didn't trust the March 31 traffic results to be typical because they came during Spring Break and aftershocks to the bridge collapse, including DeKalb schools closing for the day and downtown workers telecommuting.

Donaldson leaves game • Toronto Blue Jays slugger Josh Donaldson left Thursday's game against Baltimore in the fifth inning after aggravating the sore right calf that caused him to miss Tuesday's home opener. I wouldn't have thought there would be any bad blood with a guy like Aybar, but when the first pitch of an at-bat is a fastball that hits square in the middle of the batters leg, it's hard to believe that it was unintentional.

"I think we did a pretty good job of teaming up to make sure all primary game positions are maintained".

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