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Vision emerges for Atlanta Hawks, concert venue in College Park

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Groundbreaking held Monday for Gateway Center, which will host up to 5,000 for shows, Hawks G League games

A rendering of the Gateway Center Arena’s exterior in College Park.
The multipurpose arena’s planned exterior.
Renderings courtesy of City of College Park

Officials unveiled the vision Monday for a versatile, modern facility they say could change the game for south ITP.

During a ceremony, leaders with the City of College Park, Georgia International Convention Center, and the Atlanta Hawks broke ground on College Park’s new multipurpose arena.

The 100,000-square-foot sports and entertainment project, called Gateway Center @ College Park, is being described as a major economic driver for the area. The Hawks’s G League squad—the franchise’s first development team based in Atlanta—will serve as anchor tenant when the arena opens in fall 2019, officials said.

Expect 3,500 capacity for basketball and 5,000 for concerts, convocations, and other uses.

The lobby.

“This multipurpose arena will bring a much needed venue for sporting events, concerts, graduation ceremonies, and more to the city, broadening the entertainment opportunities for the south metro area,” College Park Mayor Jack Longino said in a press release.

Architecture firms TVS Design and Rosser International are behind a design described by officials as state-of-the-art, with its insulated precast panels, curtainwall glazing system, and “energized lobby for pregame entertainment.”

The facility will bring about 600 jobs to College Park and neighboring communities, “with a focus on women and minority participation,” officials said.

As configured for basketball.
In concert mode.