Road trips to Atlanta are always a blast. But they spark up a bit of nostalgia for me. It wasn’t until my injury in 1995 that I ever saw my first Braves game, thanks to Shepherd Center.
I grew up a Braves fan and idolized guys like Glen Hubbard, Dale Murphy, and Hank Aaron. But I never took the time to go watch a game in person. Talk about life coming full circle. Now I’m blessed to serve on The Braves Accessibility Committee. From the chaos of a spinal cord injury into the joy of helping others. God surely does work in mysterious ways.
Turner Field is one of those places you just have to visit. Given that my first in-house game was in 1995, to say I was hooked is an understatement. 1995’s team was loaded with All-Star talent like Tom Glavin, Chipper Jones and John Smoltz (all are now in the Hall of Fame). These names are synonymous with baseball royalty. Seeing them play firsthand and cheering them on to a World Series victory that year will forever hold an amazing memory for me.
Fast forward 20 plus years (24 years with a SCI this June to be exact) and I can’t believe I actually get to be part of such an amazing organization. The Braves Accessibility Committee is driven to make accessibility for all a top priority. I’ve had the honor of rolling out onto both Turner Field and SunTrust Park. I’ve met players both past and present and have spoken to guys like Dale Murphy and Ryan Klesko on multiple occasions. Seeing that they’re legitimately nice guys is icing of the cake.
If you get an opportunity, get down to Atlanta and check out all the amenities SunTrust Park has added for wheelers. It’s well worth it. Chop On!
Here are a few things to know before heading out:
- Shaded seats on hot days
- Wheelchair charging stations in all wheelchair sections
- Clear bag policy; Security will check bag
- Quiet rooms for those with over-stimulation issue
- Open floor plans in the wheelchair sections; multiple wheelers can sit together
- Guest services can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, but the best number to call is (404) 577-9100, option 5
- Drink cup holders and acrylic shelves in accessible seating; few stadiums have this!
- Seating attendants will help you get food and drink, if help is needed
- Outside water bottles are allowed, if sealed.
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