Gwinnett and Atlanta Braves schedules to clash next year
Teams to play 32 home games on the same day

Gwinnett County baseball fans will have to choose between going to see their new minor league team or the nearby Atlanta Braves nearly half the time next season.

There is a conflict with the major league team on 46 percent of the Gwinnett Braves' International League schedule.

Of the 71 home dates at the new Class AAA stadium under construction on Buford Drive, 32 coincide with Atlanta home games at Turner Field. The ballparks are just 37 miles apart.

Gwinnett's full schedule was announced last week and Atlanta's tentative schedule was revealed on Wednesday.

The most conflicts are in June. That month the teams will be home at the same time 12 times during Gwinnett's 16 home games. There are seven conflicts in August and six in May.

"As far as the schedule goes, it's pot luck," Gwinnett general manager Bruce Baldwin said Wednesday. "There is really no way to coordinate between major league and minor league schedules. We just take what we get."

At least there will be no overlap with Gwinnett's inaugural 10-game homestand in April. The first home game is April 17 against Norfolk, with series against Durham and Charlotte following through April 26.

Atlanta will start on April 6 at Philadelphia and play its home opener against Washington on April 10.

Gwinnett will open its first season on April 9 at Charlotte and then play a series at Durham before coming home.

The International League regular season ends on Sept. 7 - four weeks before the major league schedule.

Other than April and September, where there are two conflicts, the lightest month is July. The teams are at home on the same day five times and Gwinnett has the Fourth of July to itself.

Gwinnett hosts a series against Norfolk on July 4-6. Atlanta leaves town after playing Philadelphia on July 2.

Atlanta will have home interleague games against Boston, the New York Yankees and Toronto next season. The Red Sox come to Turner Field on June 26-28 after the Braves host a June 23-25 series against the Yankees. The Blue Jays visit on May 22-24.

Atlanta will play interleague road series at Baltimore (June 12-14) and Boston (June 19-21).

Gwinnett will finish the regular season on Sept. 7 at home against Norfolk. Atlanta will play Washington at home on Oct. 4 in its last game.

Neither Gwinnett nor Atlanta has announced its game times yet. Gwinnett's are expected to be released in late October.

Each of the other three teams in the IL's South Division - Charlotte, Durham and Norfolk - will play eight games in Gwinnett, while West Division foes Columbus, Indianapolis, Louisville and Toledo will play six. North Division teams Buffalo, Lehigh Valley, Pawtucket, Rochester, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Syracuse will have four games in Gwinnett.

Gwinnett has one scheduled doubleheader. That is against Charlotte on Aug. 24, a day that Atlanta is off.

As usual, Atlanta will play two exhibition games in Turner Field at the end of spring training. They are April 3 and 4 against Detroit.

SideBar: Opening games

Gwinnett Braves

Road: April 9 at Charlotte

Home: April 17 vs. Norfolk

Atlanta Braves

Road: April 6 at Philadelphia

Home: April 10 vs. Washington