This new home of the Atlanta Braves is the centerpiece of The Battery Atlanta — a 60-acre mixed use development that also includes apartments, offices, and restaurants. The three-tier grandstand stretches from the right feld foul pole around home plate to the left feld foul pole encompassing the majority of the feld. This includes 4,000 premium seats distributed among several club spaces. The top deck is split, allowing fans to view the feld when on the concourse.
The stadium features the largest canopy in Major League Baseball. The large sunscreen above the upper deck enhances spectator comfort by providing signifcant shading during a hot summer game day. Using state-of-the-art parametric modeling techniques, Walter P Moore created an optimization routine that simultaneously evaluated hundreds of shapes and sizes for the canopy, and then correlated the resulting structural quantities and costs to the amount of shaded seating in the bowl in real time. This highly sophisticated analysis helped guide the fnal form for the architecture.
In addition, our team created a mathematical model to defne the entire precast seating bowl and supporting steel structure by identifying the parameters that determine the relationship between the two systems. This level of precision and detailed coordination, which typically occurs during the construction phase, instead happened during the early design phase and was updated in real time in our design and documentation models as the design progressed. This allowed the design team to not only adapt quickly to changes in bowl geometry, but to ensure precise locations of the structural steel at every location so the model could be used reliably by downstream parties.