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Mercedes-Benz Stadium vs. SunTrust Park

Whether you’re a baseball buff, a futbol fanatic or simply in it for the cold beer and hot dogs (hey, no judgment), here’s what to expect when you head to two of Atlanta’s most happening sports venues this summer.

Atlanta United FC’s Josef Martinez snaps a selfie with the energetic crowd at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 

 

THE VIBE
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, @mercedesbenzstadium: Though attending an Atlanta United FC game at this new state-of-the-art indoor stadium certainly requires some planning in the group text, once your ticket is scanned, you can expect a real good time. We’re talking seating up to 71,000, loads of walk-up and sit-down restos and bars, and a fan atmosphere that’s been described as one of the best in Major League Soccer (read: LOUD!). @atlutd

SunTrust Park, @suntrustpark: Sunny days and SunTrust Park go hand in hand, thanks to a steady schedule of Atlanta Braves home games (making last-minute tickets a breeze) and a gorgeous new 41,000-seat stadium. But even on the Braves’ off-days, adjacent complex The Battery Atlanta opens at 11am sharp and caters to ATL’s party set with eatertainment options galore. @braves; @thebatteryatl

THE PLAYER TO WATCH
Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Scoring 19 goals in just 20 appearances in his debut season last year, 25-year-old Venezuelan forward Josef Martinez is a force to be reckoned with on the field. @josefmartinez17

SunTrust Park: Curaçaon second baseman Ozzie Albies, who’s only 21, is at the top of the league’s home-run leaderboard and drilled his first career grand slam in early May. @albiesozzie97

THE HANGOUTS
Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Nothing says game day in the South quite like classic barbecue—especially when it’s from Fox Bros Bar-B-Q. After you’ve successfully entered a food coma, wash it down at Terrapin Brewing Neighborhood Bar in section 106. Round of Hopsecutioner, anyone? @foxbrosbarbq; @terrapinbeerco

SunTrust Park: Start the pre-baseball-game nosh session at The El Felix with a bowl of dangerously delicious queso fundido before heading to the two-level Sports & Social, where multiple bustling bars, interactive games and enormous TVs await. @theelfelix; @sportssocialatl

THE LIVE MUSIC
Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium on non-game days means some of the most anticipated summer concerts of 2018: think two nights of Taylor Swift (Aug. 10 and 11) followed by Beychella round two with Beyoncé and Jay Z (Aug. 25 and 26). @taylorswift; @beyonce

SunTrust Park: What’s summer without an outdoor country music concert? Georgia’s own Jason Aldean and Lauren Alaina (a former JEZEBEL cover star) hit SunTrust Park July 21, along with up-and-comer Luke Combs and all-time favorite Hootie & the Blowfish for a ballpark bash like no other. @jasonaldean; @laurenalaina; @lukecombs