Atlanta and sports go together like chicken and waffles. Whether you keep chopping with the Atlanta Braves or enjoy the tradition and pageantry of a college football Saturday, the city offers something for everybody.
During the next few years, Atlanta will become even more of a premier destination for sports fans. Super Bowl 53 comes to town in 2019, making Atlanta a three-time host of the nation’s most-watched event. Can’t wait that long? Pop some champagne at the Peach Bowl this New Year’s Eve as two college teams vie for a spot in the National Championship Game. In 2018, the National Championship Game comes to town.
Want world-class facilities? Atlanta’s got them. Mercedes Benz Stadium, a state-of-the-art facility that will redefine architectural innovation, fan comfort and game atmosphere, opens in 2017. The new downtown stadium will host the Atlanta Falcons, the SEC Championship game, the Chick Fil-A Peach Bowl, as well as Super Bowl 53 and the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
The Braves will christen a state-of-the-art stadium in 2017, as the team heads to brand-new Sun Trust Park in Cobb County. Dine, shop and then chop at the Battery ATL, a mixed-use development right outside the park that will have something for everyone.
Re-live your college days with a slew of local and regional teams, all within driving distance. Auburn and the University of Georgia are both within a 90-minute radius of the city, giving fans an easy trip to see some SEC action. Georgia Tech and Georgia State both play in downtown Atlanta, and Georgia State — now in the FBS — will move its games to a redeveloped Turner Field in 2017.
Atlanta also has the premier destination for college football history buffs. The College Football Hall of Fame opened in 2014 right by Centennial Olympic Park.
While SEC fans live and breathe football, there’s more to the Atlanta sports scene than just the gridiron. The Atlanta Hawks have made the playoffs for nine consecutive years, the second-longest streak in the NBA, and now they welcome back Dwight Howard, a former Atlanta high school star and eight-time NBA All-Star.
The Atlanta Dream have gone to the WNBA Finals three times since 2010, and are led by Olympic gold medalist Angel McCoughtry. The WNBA season, which starts in May, gives sports fans more options during that long football offseason.
Starting in 2017, there will be a new kind of football team to cheer for in Atlanta. The MLS welcomes Atlanta United FC in the spring, and Mercedes Benz Stadium will serve as host for all the action on the pitch.
Atlanta’s sports scenes allows fans to have local teams to cheer on, but the city’s world-class facilities and growing infrastructure keep nationally relevant events coming to the heart of the Southeast. In Atlanta, you’ll always have your finger on the nation’s sports pulse.