Summer has once again arrived in Atlanta and the “Boys of Summer” have taken to Turner Field (aka the Ted) for another season of baseball. Coming to the ballpark as it plays host to one – or more – of the Braves’ 81 home games is enough of a reason to buy a ticket (after all, what’s better than taking in a game at the ballpark?), but there are a bevy of other ways that the Braves and Turner Field have upped the ante on the fan and game day experience.

With that being said, here’s a look at five reasons to come to Turner Field this summer – aside from enjoying an afternoon or evening taking in America’s pastime, of course:

  1. Homer: Take a break from the baseball action and seek out Homer, the Braves’ baseball-headed official mascot. Homer is a staple of the game day experience, especially for the children. You’ll see him between innings interacting with fans on the jumbo screen and might even be lucky enough that he pops into your section for an autograph and a picture. If not, however, Homer is easy to find around the ballpark – just look for the giant walking baseball head.Arizona Diamondbacks v Atlanta Braves
  2. All-Star Sundays: Every day is special at the ballpark, but Sunday games have an extra kick. Dubbed as “All-Star Sundays,” such games at Turner Field feature alumni autograph sessions, fan Q&A and kids are allowed onto the field to run the bases after the game.
  3. The Food: Baseball might be most synonymous with foods like hot dogs and cracker jacks, but the options for grabbing a bite at Turner Field have greatly expanded in recent years. For instance, today you can grab a slice of pizza, beef brisket, turkey legs, burgers and more at over 110 food and beverage locations around the Ted.
  4. Scouts Alley: A perfect attraction for all ages, Scouts Alley is a 17,500 square-foot interactive fan zone located off the Grand Entry Plaza that is designed to teach the art of scouting through actual scouting reports of Braves players, as well as skill games like pitching and batting cages. Little ones can have their faces airbrushed and families can have their picture taken in a fan photo booth, too.
  5. Friday Night Fireworks: As if watching a baseball game and becoming immersed in the game day experience isn’t enough, fans can also stay in their seats to watch a special fireworks show after every home Friday game at the Ted. It’s a perfect way to cap off a fun day at the ballpark, and of course a Braves win!

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to head on out to the Ted this season, but the fun doesn’t end after you leave the ballpark. For instance, if the Braves score 6 or more runs, Papa John’s will discount your online order by 50 percent the next day. Baseball, braves and pizza – it’s a winning combination!