Crews of 750 are working six days a week to build the core of the arena
With just over two years left to complete the Atlanta Falcons stadium, crews of 750 are working six days a week to meet the August 2015 deadline to build the core of the 1.9-million-square-foot, $1.4 billion stadium that will rise 30 stories over Northside and Martin Luther King Jr. drives.Read more
We’re not laughing at you, coach. We’re laughing with you.
Last year, Mercer made a Cinderella run in the NCAA basketball tournament and spawned a thousand .gifs in the process. This year, it was Georgia State busting brackets and inspiring memes with its upset over No. 3 seed Baylor in the first round. Specifically, head coach Ron Hunter stole the spotlight from his own son, R.J., who buried the game-winning three-pointer, by plummeting off his stool in celebration.Read more
New video shows progress on Cobb stadium
Unless you’re still dizzy from the virtual flyover of the new Falcons stadium, we’ve got a look-in on the metro’s other big sports construction project. Not to be outdone by the their soon-to-be-former in-town neighbors and true to their conservative Cobb roots, the Braves have taken a much more realistic approach to their video.Read more
Here are the highlights of the epic viral video
The Falcons recently released a virtual flyover of the new stadium that looks like it must’ve cost at least as much as one of the proposed PSLs. (And just in case they can’t sell a PSL, there’s a 15-second ad preceding the video.) The 3-minute, 30-second 3-D tour will leave you wowed and a bit dizzy. So we broke down the highlights:Read more
And how long before I decide whether to renew my season tickets?
Today’s announcement that Falcons owner Arthur Blank had fired head coach Mike Smith surprised no one who saw yesterday’s shellacking by the Panthers, but it didn’t make it any less sad.Read more
Merchandise sales and attendance point to “yes.”
It’s been almost three months since the team out-ed its majority owner and general manager for making separate racist statements, igniting an offseason firestorm that left the future of the franchise in question. But since then, the Falcons have flaked, both UGA and Tech have squandered playoff opportunities, and the Braves have made moves (J-Hey!? No!!) obviously geared more toward their future in Cobb. Atlanta sports fans are desperate for a winner.Read more
College football’s spotlight on Atlanta isn’t going away
Officially, the College Football Playoff is a new thing. So perhaps we should forgive those who fail to realize Atlanta invented the format years ago—with a little contest called the SEC Championship.Read more
Luncheon interrupted by the “voice of God”
Wednesday’s Atlanta Press Club luncheon with the leaders of the new Falcons stadium was supposed to be a sort of subdued self-congratulation on the construction feat already underway. Almost all of the answers were built around phrases like “world-class,” “game changer,” “next level,” and things that “nobody else in the country/world is doing.” The halo scoreboard that will be larger than God was mentioned a time or two.Read more
A 65-year-old high schoool rivalry. Aged to perfection.
Even as the accents fade and the roots thin, the high school gridiron remains the gathering spot of choice for successive generations. Those giant rectangles with the homey stands just might be the last critical mass repositories of our next-door neighbors’ win-lose histories, dreams, and failures.Read more
One year after the announcement, team releases video of “progress”
One year ago today, our local baseball team crashed the Veterans’ Day news cycle with the announcement that it was fleeing downtown for new digs in the northwestern ‘burbs. Today, the team released a time-lapse video of construction on the stadium/mixed-use development near Cumberland—compressing twelve months of slow fan torture into one rip-the-bandage-off minute.Read more