YES! The Braves make a place for Walter Banks at SunTrust Park

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The nicest man who has ever lived. (Hyosub Shin/AJC photo)

I saw Walter Banks at Georgia Tech’s game Saturday — he’s an usher there, too — and asked if there had been any movement regarding his personal relocation to SunTrust Park. He said there had, but I could tell he was being coy (in the nicest possible way). Turns out he didn’t want to upstage the Big Reveal, which came today.

From the official Braves release:

In a week when Americans express their gratitude, the Atlanta Braves are giving thanks for long-time usher, Walter Banks. The Braves have partnered with Uber to provide Banks with transportation to and from SunTrust Park so he can continue greeting Braves baseball fans. Banks, a fan favorite, will be dropped off and picked up at one of the designated Uber zones at SunTrust Park.

Banks started as an usher at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in 1965, first for the Atlanta Crackers and the next year for the Braves when they moved from Milwaukee. Known for his numerical trivia and friendly disposition, Banks, the Braves longest-serving usher, has become a living legend for fans attending games.

“Walter’s unwavering presence and love for the Atlanta Braves has not gone unnoticed,” said Terry McGuirk, Braves Chairman and CEO. “I cannot imagine a Braves game without him. We’re so grateful that Uber was able to make sure Walter continues to be a meaningful part of Braves game days.”

While the Braves gave Banks a behind-the-scenes tour of SunTrust Park last week, Uber Atlanta general manager Luke Marklin greeted Banks with the news of the gift.

“Uber is proud to provide Walter with a reliable ride to and from each game at SunTrust Park,” said Marklin. “Walter is a cornerstone of the Braves community, and we all know a home game simply wouldn’t be complete without his passion and hospitality.”

Banks has been a Braves usher at both Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium and Turner Field. The partnership with Uber ensures that he will continue to be a part of Braves home baseball games at the new SunTrust Park.

Got nothing to add beyond what I’ve already written, except: This is just great — great for Mr. B, great for the Braves, great for all humankind. Happy Thanksgiving.

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badbrad23
badbrad23

I think it's noteworthy that the Braves aren't providing the car service for Mr Banks...if it weren't for Uber stepping up they'd be saying adios to him.  But they're quick to say they can't imagine a Braves game without him?  Hmmm

Tbishop
Tbishop

Great!  He is apparently very happy with the arrangement.  Can't ask for more.

TideDawg
TideDawg

Great!!! A nice tribute to a loyal employee.

ckdawgs
ckdawgs

Hope Mr. Banks has many years ahead of him at Suntrust Park.  Love it

sshig
sshig

At this point I think this is my pregame route to ST Park:

1. Ride Uber from home to the Art Center Marta Station

2. Get some sort of shuttle to Cumberland Mall parking lot

3. Find the Cobb Country "circulator" to ride to ST park

4. Do it in reverse to get home . . .

Sounds like great fun . . . how long do you think that will take?  Probably more than the 20 minutes door to door I got used to over the last 40 years . . .

sshig
sshig

What about me . . . I've been going to Braves games since I moved to ATL in 1969 and a season ticket holder since since my paycheck got big enough to afford it in 1976.  Just not sure how I will make it to my new seats in ST Parrk

jgcair
jgcair

This is good news! The Braves should go one step further and offer shuttle bus services from the previous stadium site to the new location for any employees who want to continue their employment.

jgcair
jgcair

This is good news! The Braves should go one step further and offer shuttle bus services from the previous stadium site to the new location for any employees who want to co tiniest their employment. And hey,for that matter, how about a shuttle for south side fans?