Braves’ History at WWOS:
The 2017 season marks the 20th consecutive year the Braves have held their Spring Training at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Their first game was held as the Grand Opening event as they took on the Cincinnati Reds on March 28, 1997 in front of a sold out crowd. On that Friday evening, the Braves beat the Reds 9-7 in what was the only game the Braves played at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex that spring.
Braves’ Record Attendance at WWOS:
The largest single-game crowd packed Champion Stadium with 11,606 on March 20, 2008 for a game between the Braves and the Detroit Tigers. In a game started by All-Star pitchers Justin Verlander and Tim Hudson, the Braves won the game on a walk-off double by outfielder Josh Anderson.
The centerpiece of ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Champion Stadium is a retro-style Major League Baseball ballpark that opened in 1997 and annually hosts MLB spring training. With permanent seating and existing infrastructure, the facility can also host concerts, corporate hospitality functions, event opening ceremonies and other large gatherings.
With a total capacity over 11,500 (80 percent located between first and third base), including space for 2,000+ spectators on a grassy knoll in left field, the double-decker stadium offers all the amenities of today’s major league ballpark. Champion Stadium includes four open-aired luxury suites with indoor and outdoor seating areas, an additional suite that features a large conference room, two upper-level outdoor suites and two mezzanine-level outdoor terraces.
The display booth is equipped with state-of-the-art production equipment for managing in-stadium entertainment, including a 33’7” wide by 21’ 7” high jumbo screen which can display ESPN programming, customized videos, daily highlight reels and interviews from the sports complex.
To contact a member of the sports public relations department or apply for event credentials, please contact: Adrienne Midgley in the Braves Media Relations Department
Adrienne Midgley, Braves Media Relations Department