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Braves fans pack park to watch game

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman. Andrew Lewis, 9, does the Tomahawk Chop prior to the start of the Atlanta Braves game on Saturday during Game on the Green in Suwanee.

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman. Andrew Lewis, 9, does the Tomahawk Chop prior to the start of the Atlanta Braves game on Saturday during Game on the Green in Suwanee.

SUWANEE -- Instead of watching the Atlanta Braves game on TV Saturday night, the Buchanan family went to Suwanee Town Center Park.

There, the Lawrenceville residents joined hundreds of other baseball fans in what had been turned into Braves Country for the evening.

While the Braves were in California to face the San Diego Padres, fans at home had field-level seats at the park, where the game was projected onto a giant outdoor movie screen.

"It's nice outside, and we can enjoy the weather and still get a chance to watch the Braves," Tasha Buchanan said. "We watch (the Braves) every time it comes one. We try to go to all of the games, but we can't afford all of them."

For the Game on the Green, the price was right for many families. The event, hosted by the Braves, was free.

"We wanted to do an event where we reached out to our fans in the suburbs," said Brian Lapidus, marketing manager for the Braves. "Suwanee has die-hard Braves fans and a wonderful location to do the event."

Cumming resident Sarah Pharr said her family goes to a Braves game once a month. She said her 10-year-old son is a huge fan, but younger children sometimes get bored at the games.

At Game on the Green, her son could watch the game while the younger kids played in the bounce houses in the nearby KidZone.

"There's something for everyone," Pharr said.

Tia Tune, who lives near the park, said her family attends most of the events in the park. Her 11-year-old son, Nasir, said he thought watching the game would be pretty fun.

Eight-year-old Jayden, Tune's daughter, said watching the game in the park was kind of like being at Turner Field.

"Instead of sitting in the stadium, we're just sitting in chairs," she said.

Suwanee resident Keith Toney brought his kids to the Town Center Park for some Italian ice.

"We just happened to stumble on the Braves outing," he said.

While the family ate their frozen treats, the Braves' Heavy Hitters Drumline came out to provide some pregame entertainment. Toney's 3-year-old daughter, Camille, marched back and forth as the drumline played.

"It's great," he said. "There's always something going on in Town Center."