Helpful hints for fans attending the Braves Home Opener on Monday, April 4

We are asking fans to be in their seats by 3:30 p.m.

With large crowds expected, fans heading out to Turner Field for the Home Opener are encouraged to arrive early. Fans should plan in advance and factor travel time, parking and security into their arrival time in order to be seated by 3:30 p.m. for the special pregame ceremony.

Pregame ceremony: The Braves will celebrate Turner Field's history with a video presentation narrated by Braves greats Bobby Cox, Chipper Jones, Tom Glavine, John Schuerholz and John Smoltz. Following the video, the 1997 Braves team that opened Turner Field will partake in a parade around the field led by former manager Bobby Cox.

  • Scheduled to appear*: Mike Bielecki, Paul Byrd, Brad Clontz, Denny Neagle, Javy Lopez, Eddie Perez, Mark Lemke, Chipper Jones, Fred McGriff, Andruw Jones, Keith Lockhart, Mike Mordecai and Chris Brock. *all appearances subject to change.

Parking lots will open at 10 a.m. and the Turner Field gates will open three hours (1 p.m.) before the first pitch. (Please note: the media parking lot opens at 7 a.m.)
 
Braves parking lots will be permit only.  If fans have not pre-purchased their parking, the Braves are encouraging everyone to take alternate transportation to Turner Field. The MARTA Braves shuttle will begin at 1 p.m. for Opening Day only (normally 90 minutes prior to first pitch) from the West End MARTA station to Turner Field until one hour after the final out.
 
For those fans who may want to arrive at the ballpark before the MARTA Braves shuttle begins its game operation MARTA recommends catching any one of three other available bus routes - the #32, the # 49 or the # 55. All three bus lines may be caught at the Five Points MARTA station and all three routes stop at points adjacent (i.e. Hank Aaron Drive, Pollard Blvd) to Turner Field. For more information on these routes please visit www.itsmarta.com.  
 
Turner Field ticket windows and ticket kiosks will open at 9:30 a.m. for fans who would like to purchase any remaining reserved seats or pick up pre-purchased tickets in advance and will remain open until the end of the 6th inning. Ticket kiosks located in front of Turner Field are always open while the front gates are unlocked.

Monday, April 4 at 4:10 p.m. - Fans are asked to be in their seats by 3:30 p.m.

New Era #CapsOn: The Atlanta Braves are encouraging all fans to wear their Braves hats on Opening Day, no matter where they are, to kick off the season and show their support for the team.

Pregame performance: Electric Avenue will perform a 60-minute set in Fan Plaza from 2:20-3:20 p.m., followed by a Q&A with the band.

Pregame ceremony: The Braves will celebrate Turner Field's history with a video presentation narrated by Braves greats Bobby Cox, Chipper Jones, Tom Glavine, John Schuerholz and John Smoltz. Following the video, the 1997 Braves team that opened Turner Field will partake in a parade around the field led by former manager Bobby Cox.

  • Scheduled to appear*: Mike Bielecki, Paul Byrd, Brad Clontz, Denny Neagle, Javy Lopez, Eddie Perez, Mark Lemke, Chipper Jones, Fred McGriff, Andruw Jones, Keith Lockhart, Mike Mordecai and Chris Brock. *all appearances subject to change.

National anthem: The national anthem will be performed by country star Mark Wills while members of the military hold a giant American flag in the outfield.

Ceremonial flyover: Members of the 187th Fighter Wing Alabama Air National Guard will fly two F-16s over Turner Field at the conclusion of the national anthem.

Braves Country Community Hero presented by Chick-fil-A: Throughout the season, the Atlanta Braves and Chick-fil-A will highlight Atlanta community members for their commitment to giving back and making a difference in the lives of others. On April 4, Philip Ross will be honored for his work as the Founder and Executive Director of Bright Futures Atlanta (BFA). Philip founded Bright Futures Atlanta in 2002 to benefit the youth and single mothers of West Atlanta. BFA is a year round educational program that includes an academy, and after school program and a summer camp.

Final Season at Turner Field home game countdown: Members of the 1997 Braves team that opened Turner Field will kick off the home game countdown by removing "81" during the middle of the fifth inning.

Hometown Hero: The Braves will honor a local military member during the game.

7th inning stretch: Performance of God Bless America by Timothy Miller of the Atlanta Opera. 

Atlanta Braves Foundation Silent Auction: From the time gates open until the third inning, the Atlanta Braves Foundation will host a silent auction featuring signed baseballs, bats, hats, photos, and framed pieces. Mystery Brown Bags containing autographed baseballs of former Braves players will be for sale at the Community Clubhouse. The auction will take place in the Plaza, Section 202 and the SunTrust Club.

MLB.com Ballpark app check-in offers:

  • The first 1,000 fans to check in will unlock a foam tomahawk.
  • The 75th fan to check in will unlock an autographed Jason Grilli baseball.
  • The 200th fan to check in will unlock a Tyler Flowers autographed baseball.
  • Three random fans who check in will receive an Academy Sports + Outdoors gift card.