ATLANTA -- When fans make their first visit to SunTrust Park this year, they will have the opportunity to see the various ways the Braves have attempted to preserve Hank Aaron's legacy and historical accomplishments via tributes constructed throughout their new ballpark.
The Braves provided some updated plans on Thursday, when they revealed that along with placing a bronze statue of Aaron outside the stadium, they will also offer fans a chance to visit the Hank Aaron Terrace, an area that will celebrate the iconic Hall of Famer's historic 715th home run.
"Hank Aaron is one of the preeminent figures of all-time -- not only in sport, but in history -- and this organization is constantly humbled by the opportunity to call him one of our own," Braves Chairman and CEO Terry McGuirk said. "In constructing SunTrust Park, it was a priority from the beginning to incorporate Hank's legacy in a way that not only allowed fans to celebrate their idol, but also did justice to his unparalleled accomplishments."
Created by Atlanta-based artist Ross Rossin, the statue will depict the moment Aaron broke Babe Ruth's seemingly unbreakable record by hitting his 715th home run on April 8, 1974.
This statue will be located adjacent to a sculpture that will feature 755 baseball bats -- each signifying the date and location of the home runs Aaron hit throughout his big league career.
The bat and ball used when Aaron hit his 715th home run will be on display within the Hank Aaron Terrace, which will be located in the left-field corner, adjacent to one of the stadium's entry gates. This area will include an inside bar and outdoor seating.
Each end seat throughout SunTrust Park will feature a decorative silhouette of Aaron's swing.