Braves set to break ground on new ballpark

Braves set to break ground on new ballpark

A new era of Braves baseball will start to take shape on today, when the club breaks ground on its new ballpark, which is scheduled to open at the start of the 2017 season.

The event, which will be streamed live at 11 a.m. ET on braves.com, begins the construction phase of the project, which the team is hailing as "the first of its kind."

"This new ballpark will be a world-class venue that will give Braves Country the ultimate fan experience, both inside the park and out," team chairman Terry McGuirk said in statement. "We look forward to continuing to build great memories for our fans at this wonderful new location."

According to a team release, the new ballpark will have 41,500 seats and will feature a "three 'deck' design with the middle and upper decks cantilevered over each lower deck to ensure all seats are closer to the action." It will also have an extensive canopy, indoor spaces and clubs and wide concourses.

The facility is also expected to engage with a multiuse community that will have shops, restaurants and entertainment venues accessible year-round.

Fans can get complete coverage of the new park at www.HomeoftheBraves.com.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.