What’s in a park name? Everything

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 18, 2014

It’s going to be weird calling the Atlanta Braves new stadium SunTrust Park when it opens in spring 2017.

The Braves organization, along with the Atlanta-based SunTrust Bank, announced the new stadium’s name on Tuesday.

With anything regarding big news with my childhood baseball team, a slew of early memories came flooding through my mind.

Having been born in Atlanta, and spent the first three years of my life in the Peach State’s metropolis, of course there were going to be times where I was going to take trips to the ball park.

As it was called then, Fulton County Stadium, was my first big-league ball park I’ve ever been to. I went often with my older brother, dad and his father.

Those were the days of the Braves’ greats with Teddy Pendleton, Otis Nixon, David Justice, Greg Maddux and might I add the great late announcer, Skip Caray.

Man, those were the days.

Some years later, Atlanta played host to the 1996 Summer Olympics and with them came the Braves’ current stadium, Turner Field.

This is still a new stadium to me and from what I gleam, to many others.

I remember visiting Turner Field while going to summer camp in Mentone many a summer. It was a special treat for our age group to go to a Braves game.

In college, I went to a Braves game there and that was the last time that I’ve graced the what’s been an always fun venue.

Maybe it’s the stubbornness in me, but I can’t get past the fact that Atlanta is building a new park.

SunTrust Park will be located in Cobb County, which from what reports say, is in an area that will provide better access to the park. In fact, the groundbreaking for the new park took place Wednesday morning.

The new park will combine a state-of-the-art Major League Baseball ballpark with a simultaneously constructed multi-use community including unique shops, restaurants, offices and residences, The Gwinnett Daily Post reported.

Those who haven’t been to Turner Field need to find a time to visit before the last Braves game is played there. I know I will.

Fortunately, we have a little time, but not much. Only two more seasons.

I know that when I visit Turner Field next, I’ll be sure to cherish the memories I’ve made there and at the previous park.