The Atlanta Hawks (NBA) are looking at changes on the facilities front, evaluating two different sites for a new arena while also deliberating updates to Philips Arena.
The new-arena locations includes the current location of the Atlanta Civic Center, a facility across I-85 from the core of downtown Atlanta and the current Philips Arena site. The second new-arena site hasn’t been disclosed. Fixing up Philips Arena, which opened in 1999 and replaced The Omni as the team’s home, is also in the list of potential options.
Public money could be involved, and the new team owners are working with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on the research. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
“What I’m willing to do is come to the table with a plan that makes sense and is fair to the people of Atlanta,” Reed said. “I’m not closed to participating in a reasonable plan to make sure that the Hawks remain in the city and that’s what I expressed in our meeting.”
The mayor didn’t elaborate, but said he was “very satisfied” with his interactions with the new ownership group led by billionaire philanthropist Antony Ressler and NBA All-Star Grant Hill….
Ressler has been blunt about the need for upgraded facilities, telling the AJC during his very first day of owning the Hawks change was inevitable: “There’s do-nothing. There’s remodel. Or there’s a new arena,” Ressler said. “Do-nothing is not an option.”