A multi-purpose sports and entertainment arena located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, Philip Arena is the home to the National basketball Association’s Atlanta Hawks.
In addition to being the home of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, the Philips Arena is also home to the Atlanta Dream from the Women’s National basketball Association.
It’s the former home of the National hockey League’s Atlanta Thrashers who resided there from 1999 to 2011 before moving to Winnipeg.
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The arena is owned by the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority which is headed by Tony Ressler.
• Capacity: 18,047
• Opened: September 18, 1999
• Location: 1 Philips Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
• Ground was broken on the Philips Arena in Atlanta on June 5, 1997 and was completed just over 2 years later as it opened on September 18, 1999.
• The former owner of the Atlanta Hawks, Ted Turner, wasted to attract an NHL team to Atlanta, so he set out to build an arena that would not only house his Atlanta Hawks, but also potentially bring an NHL team to Atlanta.
• It’s considered to be one of the busiest arenas in the world for music entertainment and concerts. It’s currently sold over 550,000 concert tickets in 2007 alone, and was again ranked as the 3rd busiest concert venue in the US in 2011.
• In 2005, Atlanta’s Arena League Football team hosted and won its first playoff game in the stadium. The first NHL playoff game for Atlanta was hosted there just 2 years later in 2007.
Past and Current Teams
Atlanta Hawks (NBA) (1999–present)
Atlanta Thrashers (NHL) (1999–2011)
Georgia Force (AFL) (2002, 2005–2007)
Atlanta Dream (WNBA) (2008–present)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (NCAA) (2011–2012)