In early April, the Braves officially opened SunTrust Park, heralding a new era of sports in the Atlanta metro.
Georgia State University is plowing ahead with the conversion of Turner Field to GSU Stadium before football season starts, the Atlanta Falcons (and Atlanta United) will theoretically move into Mercedes-Benz Stadium in August, and plans are even underway for a new Atlanta Hawks D-League facility in College Park.
Not to be left behind, the Hawks will soon be the recipients of an overhauled and refreshed Philips Arena. According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, plans were filed with the city last week to obtain permits for the nearly $200 million worth of upgrades planned for the facility.
Announced late last year, the project will transform the 17-year-old venue, providing new high-end amenities and improving fan experience, team officials have said.
The team will contribute $50 million to the renovation, leaving the city responsible for the lion’s share of the cost. In return, the city will get a 30-year commitment from the Hawks to remain at Philips. The 2018 season marks the team’s 50th anniversary in the city.
In the long run, the team also hopes to bring an entertainment district to the neighborhood, adding more amenities for fans to enjoy before and after games. Kind of like the Braves.
- Plans filed to kick off $193 million Philips Arena renovation [Atlanta Business Chronicle]
- Atlanta Hawks to create 'unprecedented' new roost from Philips Arena [Curbed]
- Hawks in Talks to Bring Entertainment District Downtown [Curbed]