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Shaded Seats at Truist Park

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Truist Park (formerly Suntrust Park) is the state-of-the-art home of the Atlanta Braves. It is known for providing fans an exceptional game day experience. Atlanta’s climate, however, is oppressively hot and humid during the summer months and Truist Park is an open-air stadium exposed to the elements. Fans heading to The Battery for a Braves game will have the best ballpark experience if they avoid sitting in the direct sun. This guide will help identify the Truist Park shaded seats.

Where are the shaded seats at Truist Park?

Generally, the seats in the shade at Truist Park are in the following locations:

  • Lower Level Diamond & Executive: Seats under cover are shaded all day
  • Grandstand Level: Seats under the upper-deck roof are shaded
  • 1st Base Line: Late afternoon and evening shade
  • Right Field Corner: Shaded during evening games

For the 2024 season, three-quarters of Braves games are scheduled to start after 7:00 p.m., a wise choice considering the limited shade available at Truist Park earlier in the day. However, the schedule does include some day games starting at 1:35 p.m. and 4:10 p.m. For specific details about shaded sections at various start times, please continue reading.

Truist Park Orientation to the Sun

Truist Park is oriented to the southeast. Each morning the sun rises over left field, curves around the right field foul pole at mid-day and sets behind home plate. This configuration is similar to the ballparks in Detroit and Cincinnati, resulting in the “sunny side” of the ballpark always being on the 3rd base line and left field. 

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).

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Seats in the Shade at Early Afternoon Truist Park Games

Early in the day, shade at Truist Park is sparse. The best shot at finding a seat in the shade for the entire game is to look for cover. Seats in the back half of the 100-level Diamond and Executive sections behind home plate and along the baselines are shaded, as they are under direct cover. Specifically, seek out seats in the upper rows of sections 113-138. Additionally, the 400-level benefits from a generous roof, so many Grandstand seats are shaded. The views from sections 424 to 428 behind home plate are quite nice if you don’t mind the nosebleeds.

If sitting behind home plate isn’t feasible, choose a section along the 1st base line over the 3rd base line. As the game progresses, the sun rotates around the right field foul pole, and the stadium itself begins to shield seats on the 1st base side of the park from the sun.

Shadows on the stands at SunTrust Park

During an early afternoon game, upper-level seats on the 1st base line are shaded while seats closer to the field are in the sun.
Photo by John Adams/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Shade at Late Afternoon Truist Park Games

Late afternoon Braves games are not too common, but a few are scheduled each season. By the time of first pitch, the sun is positioned just past the right field foul pole and will move toward home plate during the game. Therefore, shade seekers should opt for seats on the 1st base side of the park over the 3rd base side. 

For these games, consider sections 10-20, 107-120, 210-225, 312-315, and upper-level 410-425. Seats in the 400-level and 300-level on the 1st base side will start the game shaded. Seats closer to the field in the 200-level and 100-level may not become shaded until a few innings have passed, but still making them a better choice over the perpetually sunny 3rd base line.

Shadows on the stands at SunTrust Park

By late afternoon, seats on the 1st base line and right field are shaded while seats on the 3rd base line and left field are in the sun.
Photo by John Adams/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Shade at Evening Truist Park Games

The Braves have some of the latest start times in MLB, possibly because on the longest days of the year, sunset in Atlanta isn’t until nearly 9:00 p.m. At first pitch, nearly all sections on the 1st base side of the ballpark and in right field will be shaded. Fans in these areas also benefit from having the sun at their back, eliminating concerns about glare from the setting sun. Sections on the 3rd base side of the park remain sunny the longest and won’t be completely shaded until sunset.

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