(Marietta, Ga. – Aug. 27, 2015) At the halfway point of construction, the Atlanta Braves and Cobb County Board of Commissioners joined American Builders and honorary masonry Eutis Morris to lay the first bricks at SunTrust Park.
Morris, who also laid bricks at Fulton County stadium and Olympic Stadium (Turner Field), laid the first ceremonial brick, followed by Terry McGuirk, Braves Chairman and CEO, John Schuerholtz, Braves President, Hank Aaron, Freddie Freeman, Bill Rogers, Chairman and CEO of SunTrust Bank, Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee and Cobb County Commissioners Bob Weatherford, Bob Ott, JoAnn Birrell and Lisa Cupid.
Before laying the first brick, Morris placed a fifty-cent piece in the mortar, stating “It’s tradition to put a 50-cent piece under an important building like this,” he said.
Additionally, Chairman Lee, along with the Brumby Elementary Art Contest winner placed contents into the Cobb County Time Capsule that joined an Atlanta Braves time capsule that will be placed in the foundation of the park.
The Cobb County time capsule included:
Cobb Home of the Braves T-shirt Autographed by Cobb Board of Commissioners, Marietta Daily Journal cover announcing Braves’ move to Cobb, Cobb County flag pin, Cobb County 2015 fact sheet, demographics and elected delegation, Cobb County six cities sheet, Cobb’s most famous residents sheet, flash drive containing SunTrust Park Ground Breaking Video, “Big Chicken” landmark ornament, Cobb Travel & Tourism orange sunglasses and Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Cumberland CID and Cobb Galleria & Convention Center pins.
According to McGuirk, 525,000 man hours have been logged from 450 workers on site, and 300 miles of conduit and 26,000 cubic years of concrete have been put in place. More than 775,000 bricks will be laid at the park. Schuerholtz stated that the stadium is ahead of schedule and budget.