Major League Baseball franchise the Atlanta Braves has confirmed that fans will be able to bring their own food to SunTrust Park, the team’s new stadium, which is due to host its first game on Friday.
It marks a change in strategy for the team, which had initially banned fans from bringing their own food into the 41,500-capacity venue.
After listening to feedback from supporters, the Braves decided that outside food would be permitted, but only if it fits inside a clear, gallon-sized plastic bag.
“Over the past few days we have heard feedback from our fans expressing their desire to continue to bring food items into the ballpark on game days,” the Braves said in a brief statement posted on Twitter. “We have listened and have decided to amend our approach.
“Fans will be able to bring food inside of SunTrust Park as long as it fits inside a clear, gallon-sized plastic bag and may also bring a sealed plastic bottle of water. One bag of food and one bottle of water per ticket will be permitted. Additional considerations will be made for those with dietary concerns and infants. All bags of food will be subject to additional inspection at our security gates before entry.”
SunTrust Park opens with an exhibition game between the Braves and the New York Yankees on Friday. The stadium will host its first MLB game on April 14 when the San Diego Padres visit Atlanta.
SunTrust Park will replace Turner Field (pictured) as the Braves’ home ballpark.