The State Farm Arena renovations were on full display Wednesday, when the Atlanta Hawks played their home opener.
State Farm Arena–which was known as Philips Arena until a new naming-rights deal with State Farm was announced in August–has undergone a multi-phase, $192.5-million renovation. Among some of the changes that took place included major video system upgrades (new video displays, including the first continuous 360-degree video screen in the NBA, are shown in the rendering above), new social spaces, technology initiatives, as well as upgraded food and beverage offerings that include a floor-level bar. Unique amenities were also added, including a Killer Mike’s Swag Shop barbershop and a Topgolf simulator.
The final round of upgrades was completed in time for the 2018-19 season. While the Hawks hosted an open house at the revamped arena last Saturday, Wednesday’s home opener against the Dallas Mavericks gave those in attendance their first opportunity to take in the new basketball experience at the venue. From the looks of it, the fans were impressed with what the renovated arena now has to offer. More from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
“Very impressive,” said Kevin Slocum of Decatur, who echoing a common sentiment, added, “it has a more open feel. It’s more communal.”
Slocum, a long-time season-ticket holder, arrived well ahead of time, with his father, Louis Slocum, who lives in Dacula. They enjoyed a burger and beer before the game.
“Fans in Atlanta are picky,” he said. “They want a good product on the floor or something very entertaining to do. They want a cool place to go, a place with a club like atmosphere.”
The night was capped by a win from the Hawks, who defeated the Mavericks 111-104.
Rendering courtesy Atlanta Hawks.
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