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Hawks Prep for Next Philips Arena Upgrades

Philips Arena renovations

More changes to Philips Arena are just around the corner, as the Atlanta Hawks are gearing up for the next phase of renovations to the venue. 

In a project that began last summer, the Hawks are undertaking a major renovation to Philips Arena that will drastically change the slate of fan amenities in the venue. Some notable features–such as a new club area behind one the baskets–are already in place, but upcoming construction prior to the 2018-19 NBA season will lead to even more changes.

To allow that construction to unfold, the Hawks will close Philips Arena in late April for a period of roughly six months. Once it does reopen, Philips Arena will come with some new features. More from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Phase 3, the culmination of the project, is scheduled to begin 12 days after the Hawks’ final game this season and one day after an April 21 Pink concert.

“We’ll have six months to finish, but fortunately the infrastructure is already there,” [Hawks CEO Steve] Koonin said. “They cut the beams, did the support work, all that stuff, last summer. Now it is really cosmetics.”

While the first two phases have revealed little more than hints about the ultimate transformation, the next phase will lead to the finished product, which will feature a wide range of non-traditional premium seating areas (think couches and cabanas), a sharply reduced number of (reimagined) suites, several new clubs (one with a view of postgame news conferences), a new center-hung video board three times the size of the current board, 360-degree open concourses, even a barber shop and Topgolf simulators.

In a move that took effect with its 2017 season, the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream have shifted home games from Philips Arena to Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion so that construction can take place over the summer months. Construction on the upcoming phase of upgrades is currently scheduled to be completed in October, and will mark the conclusion of the ongoing Philips Arena renovation project. The renovation comes with a cost estimate of $192.5 million, with $142.5 million coming from public funds and another $50 million coming from the Hawks.

Renderings courtesy Atlanta Hawks.

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