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Philips Arena
Atlanta, GA

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Opened: September 18. 1999
Capacity: 18,545  seats
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Arena Parking: $10.00
Philips Arena
1 Philips Drive NW

Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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Downtown Atlanta has plenty of beautiful buildings that adorn the skyline and make it one of the best places to visit in the United States. Amongst those buildings is Philips Arena, which is the home for the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL. The Thrashers are one of the latest expansion teams in the National Hockey League, and they have come a long way in just a short period of time. Philips Arena has also developed rapidly into one of the premier arenas not only in the NHL but in the entire sports world.

The location of the building puts it in close proximity to many famous Atlanta structures, which includes the CNN Center. This 20-story complex has an atrium that is the central hub for many different restaurants, shops, and business outlets. Both of these buildings are located in the eastern section of the downtown area, which makes Philips Arena easily accessible from I-75, I-85, or I-20. Traffic in the Atlanta is usually not too bad simply because there are so many options for people coming into and going out of town. MARTA is the rail line that provides the public transportation throughout the Atlanta area. Its service can take you right to the front of Philips Arena so you don't miss a minute of the action. There are also many buses around town that will gladly take you from different parts of Atlanta to the Philips Arena location.

Philips Arena - Frozen Pond Pilgrimage - Atlanta ThrashersThe concourses are exceptional in terms of what they offer to visitors and guests. You will want to make sure that you find the "HawkWalk," which is named after the other tenant of this building, the NBA's Atlanta Hawks. It is here that you will find a conglomeration of concession stands and merchandise stores for you to get all of your official Atlanta Thrashers hockey gear. Once inside the arena's bowl, you will find an interesting setup where one side of the arena is reserved specifically for suite and club seat holders. You will also be privy to one of the biggest high definition scoreboards in the entire league, which serves as a great place to keep up with all of the game's stats as well as watching replays and vignettes.

Hans Steiniger at Philips Arena in AtlantaThe concession stands offer a great place to get a quick bite to eat in between periods or before the game, and there is the usual arena hot dogs, pizza, and soda to choose from. If you are looking for an actual dining experience, Philips Arena has you covered there as well. In the northwest corner of the building is Headlines Bar & Grill, which is your traditional pub style location serving your favorite food and libations before, during, and after the game. The First Horizon Club and Center Club are both available to club seat members and also provide the opportunity to have a beverage before the game begins.

Atlanta is known for its many high-quality restaurants, which you will surely want to take advantage of during your own Frozen Pond Pilgrimage. Right near Philips Arena, you will be able to find Dantanna's Steakhouse. Generous cuts of beef and outstanding seafood platters make Dantanna's one of the best dining experiences that you can find in the Atlanta area. Another outstanding place to get something to eat either before or after the game is 30 Tables. This location offers traditional American food along with some of your Southern soul food favorites. The atmosphere alone is worth a visit, and you are sure to find one of your favorite items on the menu.

There are a couple of nightclubs that are absolutely can't-miss propositions when you are in town to see an Atlanta Hawks game. Opera Nightclub serves as a dancer's dream-come-true in that it offers non-stop, pulse pounding beats throughout the entire night. With live DJs and the occasional live performance, Opera Nightclub is one of the top clubs in the entire city of Atlanta. CosmoLava is another Atlanta hot spot that features three levels of dancing, 5 bars, and some of the hottest and most well-known DJs around. This is a club that is known for hosting some of the biggest celebrity parties, and it has welcomed several Atlanta Thrashers players on many different occasions.

While in Atlanta, take a trip to Olympic Centennial Park, which is where the 1996 Summer Games were held. The Atlanta Braves' Turner Field is now a part of the Park, and there are still many remnants of the events that unfolded at the 1996 Olympics. If you want to learn more about the history of the city of Atlanta, the Atlanta History Center on Paces Ferry Rd. offers guided tours that take you through many of the influential moments that helped shape the city of Atlanta. The Swan House Mansion is also located here along with the Margaret Mitchell House and the Centennial Olympic Games Museum.

Atlanta is a town that has grown and developed over the years from just another city in the South to a budding metropolis that serves as the home for one of the most energetic NHL teams in the league. The Atlanta Thrashers have come to be a feared member of the NHL's Eastern Conference, and Philips Arena is the place where you can witness their ascension up the standings. You won't want to miss out on an opportunity to visit the city of Atlanta or Philips Arena.

city of Atlanta local information

Top Tourist Attractions:
Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium,
World of Coca Cola

Local Foods:
Soul food, Pecan Pralines, Fried Turkey, Barbecue Ribs

What They're Drinkin':

Fan Resources:
Pocket Map of Atlanta
Metro Rail Map (MARTA)
Arena Policy
Arena Parking Map

Local Sports Media:
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sports Radio 790 The Zone
Sports Radio 680 The Fan
Popular Bar Districts:
Midtown (Cosmopolitan Lounge, Halo, Smith's Olde Bar) Buckhead (The Gold Room, Sambuca Jazz Cafe, Dante's Down
     the Hatch, Buckhead Theatre)

Best Restaurants:
Downtown (Thelma's Kitchen and Rib Shack, Ruth's Chris
     Steak House, Daddy D'z BBQ Joint, Ted's Montana Grill,
     Taco Mac)
MidTown (Mary Mac's Tea Room, South City Kitchen) Buckhead (The Capital Grille, Dolan & Greenbaum's New York
     Prime, Bone's Restaurant, Seasons 52-Buckhead)

Where to Stay:
Find a hotel in downtown Atlanta as there's lots to see and do. The Georgia Dome is situated downtown and is very easy to get to. I would suggest the Marriott Atlanta Downtown, the Westin Peachtree Plaza, or the Hilton Atlanta and Towers.

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