Sports

Atlanta's Game Face: Sports in the Capital of the South

Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Matt Ryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sports fans in Atlanta have much to enjoy with a multitude of major league teams to see in action. At the state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons “Rise Up” and reigning MLS Cup champions Atlanta United FC, compete on the soccer pitch. At State Farm Arena, men’s and women’s professional basketball teams, the NBA Hawks and WNBA Dream, take the court. Just north of Downtown, the Atlanta Braves step up to bat at SunTrust Park. The South is known for turning college football into a religion, so it was only fitting that Atlanta became the new site for the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame. Atlanta was also home to the Centennial Olympic Games in 1996, which catapulted the city into international prominence.

Fast facts

  • Atlanta is home to five professional sports franchises:
    • Atlanta United FC (MLS)
    • Braves (MLB)
    • Dream (WNBA)
    • Falcons (NFL)
    • Hawks (NBA)
  • Two Division I NCAA programs are located in Atlanta:
    • Georgia State (Sun Belt Conference)
    • Georgia Tech (Atlantic Coast Conference)
  • Atlanta’s history includes hosting large-scale sporting events:
    • 1996 Centennial Olympic Games
    • Four NCAA Men’s Final Four tournaments – 1977, 2002, 2007 and 2013
    • Three Super Bowl matchups – XXVIII (1994), XXXIV (2000), LIII (2019)
    • College Football Playoff National Championship (2018)
    • 24 consecutive SEC Championship games; current contract will keep the game in Atlanta through 2027

Annual events

  • Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (February)
  • AJC Peachtree Road Race (July)
  • BB&T Atlanta Open (July/August)
  • Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (September)
  • The Tour Championship (September)
  • SEC Championship (December)
  • Celebration Bowl (December)
  • Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (December/January)

Upcoming events

  • 2019 NFL Super Bowl LIII (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
  • 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)