Fans flocks to Duluth to watch Braves on big screen

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DULUTH -- Braves fans came out to support their favorite team on Saturday night for the first "Game on the Green" event of the season at the Duluth Festival Center and Amphitheatre. The Atlanta Braves hosted the event, which brought together hundreds of people from the Gwinnett area.

"It's neat to get to see the Braves in a new perspective while also helping to engage with the community," said Connor Dalton, a member of the Braves ticket sales department, and resident of Lawrenceville.

The Duluth area figured in as a great location to hold the season's first "Game on the Green" considering it is the home of perennial All-Star catcher Brian McCann, who graduated from Duluth High School in 2002 before being drafted by the Braves. Many Duluth residents were in attendance to support one of their most admired athletes.

"I love the Braves and Brian McCann is the best catcher of all time," Randi Cook said. Cook, a Duluth resident, went to high school with McCann and celebrated her birthday by getting a group together to come and watch the game.

Trent Cleland and his girlfriend Brittany Wilson came from Loganville to enjoy the festivities. "Coming out here is something different than watching at home, and I'm looking forward to watching Dan Uggla play." Cleland said.

Thom Dugan, of Duluth, has been a longtime season ticket holder for the Braves. "If we can't go to the game in Arizona, this is the next best thing." Dugan said.

Ceramic Soul, a local band, played classic rock hits until the game started. Other attendees also took advantage of the concessions, inflatables, spin-to-win booths and other attractions.

Sponsors for Saturday's event included SportSouth, 680 The Fan, Fox Sports South, ROCK 100.5, Q100 and the Gwinnett Braves.

The next "Game on the Green will be held at 6 p.m. May 5 at Suwanee Town Center.