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Know before you go: Atlanta Braves playoff race games

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High five! Chipper Jones and Nate McLouth celebrate a 4-0 shut out of the Florida Marlins on Monday. Can they keep it up? AJC/Curtis Compton

Despite the lackluster attendance at last night’s game, I get the feeling that the place to be this week will Turner Field, where the Atlanta Braves are racing to catch up with the Colorado Rockies. The prize: a spot in the playoffs.

Here’s some info about games times, special events, tickets, parking — all the stuff you need to know before you go.

(And if you’re not going, follow Tuesday’s game live with Jeff Schultz.)

Games: There are at least six Braves games left in Atlanta. Note that the game time on Saturday’s game shifted from 7:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Sept. 29:  7:10 p.m. vs. Florida Marlins
Sept. 30: 7:10 p.m. vs. Florida Marlins
Oct. 1: 7:10 p.m. vs. Washington Nationals
Oct. 2: 7:35 p.m. vs. Washington Nationals
Oct. 3: 4:10 p.m. vs. Washington Nationals (Time change!)
Oct. 4: 1:35 p.m. vs. Washington Nationals

Concerts:There are two post-game concerts scheduled at Turner Field this week. They’re both free with admission to the Braves game. (You can also watch High Tide Blues and WILX perform before the games on Oct. 2 and 3, respectively.)

Tickets: You can easily get tickets through Braves.com/Believe, starting at $6. (I’ve sat in the $6 seats this season, and they are not the worst seats in that ballpark.) The Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog offers up the news about 2-for-1 deals at the stadium this week, too.

What to bring: There’s a handy A-Z guide to everything you could need to know about Turner Field and the Atlanta Braves online. (Yes, you can bring your own food!) As the Peach Buzz blog points out, what you really need to bring are those nifty “Believe” signs. There are four  available for download and print at Braves.com/Believe, although I’m hoping to see something homemade. I’m thinking glitter.

How to get there: Regular game-goers know this routine, but if you’re just hopping on the bandwagon, welcome! (And for the rest of you, there’s some new info on the transit front this week.) My favorite way to get to the park is by bike. It’s an easy enough ride, and bike racks are located near the Will Call windows.

  • By car: the Atlanta Braves site has a great map with directions and parking information. Parking costs $8-$12.
  • By transit: There are two options when taking MARTA to Turner Field.  Remember that MARTA fares are increasing this week. Until Oct. 1, a one-way MARTA fare costs $1.75 (or $2.25, if you’re buying a new Breeze ticket.) Starting Oct. 1, a one-way MARTA fare is $2, or $2.50, if you’re buying a new Breeze ticket. There’s no free parking at the downtown stations, but there’s plenty at MARTA commuter lots.
    Option #1
    is to get off the East/West rail line at Georgia State station and walking south Capitol Avenue to Turner Field. The walk is about a mile.
    Option #2
    is to take the MARTA Braves Shuttle. It starts running from the Underground Atlanta/Steve Polk Plaza, near Five Points station, an hour and half before each game, continues every 15 minutes throughout the game and ends one hour after the last out. (It drops off at the Underground Atlanta/Steve Polks Plaza up to the seventh inning, then starts to drop riders to the Forsyth Street entrance to Five Points MARTA station.) The shuttle is free, and children younger than 6 ride free with an adult.

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October 1st, 2009
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Ronald Millsaps

September 29th, 2009
8:19 pm

I’m concerned, not so much because the Marlins have two runs (I know they can hit) but because the Braves’ bats are cold. They need to wake up–soon.

I’m concerned. I’m praying. Go, Braves.