A Sports Fan’s Guide to Atlanta
A Sports Fan’s Dream
Georgia’s state capital Atlanta is any sports enthusiast’s playground. Not only is it home to 5 major national sports teams, but the food and bar culture that goes along with it is legendary. Being 1 of the 14 US cities to have 4 or more major sports teams, you are spoiled for choice. From baseball to basketball, soccer to American football, there truly is something for everyone. The city’s profound sporting history was cemented when Atlanta proudly hosted the 1996 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Many say those games changed Atlanta for the better, and only reinforce the fact it’s one of the US’s great sporting cities.
If you’re heading this way for a vacation and are a sports fanatic, be sure to check out our recommendations.
The Must-Visit Stadiums
Whether you’re looking to attend a live game, take a stadium tour, or both, there’s plenty of state-of-the-art stadiums to visit!
The Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks aren’t exactly the most prolific NBA team on the roster with their last championship coming in 1958… but fear not, their last division title came in 2021 and their loyal followers attend games week in week out providing an electric atmosphere. With just over 19,000 seats available for NBA games, the stadium also hosts various other events, so keep your eyes out for tickets to a game and experience the atmosphere for yourself!
The Atlanta Falcons & Atlanta United FC
The Atlanta Falcons, otherwise known as The Dirty Birds, have had the hard-fought opportunity to play in two Super Bowls, the first in 1998 when they lost to the Broncos, and the second more recently in 2017 where they lost 34-18 in overtime to the Patriots. The Falcons, alongside their MLS counterparts, Atlanta United, play their home fixtures at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Georgia Dome’s 2017 replacement. Totaling an estimated $1.6 billion to construct, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium isn’t your average arena. When the lights go down and the teams run out of the tunnel, it’s something to behold. Browse available tickets for the Falcons by clicking here and for the soccer fans out there, buy your Atlanta United tickets here.
The Atlanta Braves
The Braves are proud holders of 3 World Series and are aptly nicknamed the Team of the 90s, as all 3 titles were won in that era. Playing their games at the famous Truist Park, the Home of the Braves 41,000 seater offers visitors the chance to tour the stadium daily before you take your seat for an exciting Major League baseball game!
Atlanta Sports Museums & Memorabilia
For those looking to add to their Atlanta sporting experience, The Atlanta History Center has an awesome variety of displays. From the history of Bobby Jones, a local Atlanta golfer who later went on to co-found the Masters golf tournament and helped design the world-famous Augusta golf course to an exhibition detailing the 10th Paralympic Games and the effect it had on the city, and so much more.
For the college football fans out there, Atlanta also plays host to the College Football Hall of Fame. The ‘More Than a Game, More Than a Museum’ showcases educational, inspiring, and entertaining exhibits and is a must-visit for college football fans.
Sports memorabilia in Atlanta isn’t difficult to find. Head over to ATL Autographs for all your certified signed goods. Fanz Collectibles has a huge variety of keepsakes to choose from, and for those baseball nuts out there, head over to the Braves’ Clubhouse Store.
After a day out watching your favorite sports team or wandering around the city’s many sports monuments and museums, enjoying Atlanta’s bar and live music scene will give you time to reflect on your Georgia sporting experience.
If you’re in Atlanta for the weekend with your family and friends but want to take the hassle out of organizing your travel, contact us today and we can arrange a customized sports-themed tour to take you around the main sights.