COBB COUNTY, Ga. - SunTrust Park is a Major League experience for fans, but from day one, Braves management has said the top priority is the players.
The field is the stage for the new generation of Braves, but there is plenty going on behind the scenes, making life grand for the players.
Braves Vice Chairman John Schuerholz recently gave Good Day Atlanta anchor Ron Gant a tour of the facility and gave a first hand look at new amenities.
The tour began in the clubhouse with a nutritional chef serving players healthy food before games. Nearby is a room with televisions and a small arcade for players to relax. This "relaxation" room even has a massage chair, which Shuerholz said may very well be monopolized by the veteran players.
The Locker Room is entirely different from the metal closeted rooms of the past.
"Look at this place, Ron. Each player has his own locker condominium!" said Shuerholz. "It's the newest, most modern clubhouse built in Major League baseball."
There are plenty of training areas. A hydrotherapy room has hot and cold whirlpools and an underwater treadmill.
There is a batting warm-up area. There is a training room with all necessary medical equipment and the qualified personnel on hand to take care of injuries and sore players.
Schuerholz took reigns as the Braves General manager in 1990. He built a foundation of championship players that became the bedrock for the new SunTrust Park stadium. He makes sure today's players know how the organization got to where it is today.
Each corner turned in the new clubhouse has an element of the past. It may be the Silver Sluggers Wall or a Golden Glove award donated by a past great. Even images of big plays are displayed on walls.
"This is an homage, if you will, to our legacy. The great legacy of the Atlanta Braves and the great legends that made this possible, that made us the 'Gold Standard' organization," Schuerholz said.
Shuerholz believes the new generation of Braves players will create their own legacies.
"If you are going to spend most of your year here, why not have it beautiful like this?" he said.