With the Atlanta Braves now making their new home in Cobb County, we will give fans some insight into players, coaches and other figures who represent the organization in a new feature — “Get to Know the Braves.”
The first installment is with one of the designers of SunTrust Park, Insung Kim.
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CUMBERLAND — There are few people who know SunTrust Park as intimately as Insung Kim.
Growing up in Southern California, Kim had two dreams — play baseball and work in architecture. His baseball dreams eventually ended, but his skills in design allowed him to return to baseball as creative designer for the Atlanta Braves.
Prior to working for the Braves, Kim worked as a senior designer for Populous — the noted Kansas City, Missouri-based architectural firm — from November 2013 through September 2016. While with Populous, Kim worked on such projects as SunTrust Park, First Tennessee Park for minor league baseball’s Nashville Sounds and the in-progress football stadium at Colorado State University.
Nubyjas Wilborn: How did you get involved with the Braves?
Insung Kim: Three years ago, while I was working at the architectural firm Populous, I was one of the designers helping design SunTrust Park. My role there was to create the graphics and signage for SunTrust Park.
Wilborn: What is your favorite part of the stadium?
Kim: It’s hard to just pick out one, but if I had to narrow it down, I would have to say my favorite part of SunTrust Park is Monument Garden. Being able to walk through the space to see and read about the history of the Braves is pretty cool. Then, seeing the Hank Aaron statue next to the 755 bats sculpture, surrounded by cascading water, is quite an experience.
Wilborn: Where are the stadium’s hidden gems?
Kim: For me, a hidden gem at SunTrust Park is the Xfinity Rooftop on the 300 level, although, after a couple games, it won’t be a hidden gem any longer. From that space, you have one of the best views of the ballpark, as well as the Battery. There are pingpong and foosball tables to keep you entertained, an Airstream trailer serving frozen treats and a Waffle House up there. And, if you want to go indoors, the Xfinity Rooftop Lounge will keep you cool on hot days with cold drinks at the bar and really cool tech displays.
Wilborn: What do you enjoy most about the stadium?
Kim: I love how intimate SunTrust Park is. No matter where you sit, you feel so connected to the action on the field. There really isn’t a bad seat in the house.
Wilborn: If a fan is on a budget, where should he or she sit?
Kim: There are lots of seats priced at under $15, so it’s hard to pick out just one section, but if I had to choose, I’d want to sit at the Home Run Porch in left field. Chances are, you’re going to catch a Matt Kemp home run. But, like I mentioned earlier, there isn’t a bad seat in the house.