A new professional soccer team that went to the playoffs in its inaugural year and shattered attendance records, two new stadiums, and a pro football team that was one win away from being crowned with the NFL’s highest honor—who says Atlanta isn’t a sports town?
The shiny new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home to both of Arthur Bank’s teams, the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, replaced the Georgia Dome in August 2017. At $1.5 billion, it’s the most expensive structure in Atlanta history and is decked out with its own art gallery (including this impressive giant stainless steel falcon). It’s not a bad place to eat either, with local options (the Varsity, Kevin Gillespie’s Gamechanger), $2 hot dogs, and unlimited self-serve soda refills. Oh, and did we mention it’ll host the Super Bowl in 2019?
In 2017 the Braves ditched Turner Field and took a swing at Cobb County with SunTrust Park. The team knocked it out of the park with the Battery—an entire entertainment district that has some great eats and doubles as a residential and office complex. Grab a slice of Antico Pizza and a pint of Chopsecutioner from Terrapin’s onsite brewery before you head to the diamond, where you can snag bites from Waffle House, Fox Bros Bar-B-Q, and chef Hugh Acheson’s First and Third, which serves up bratwurst and Kielbasa.
Not to be left out, a complete Philips Arena makeover will give new digs to the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Dream in late 2018. It’ll include restaurant and live-music venue from Zac Brown, a barbershop from Killer Mike, a courtside bar, and Topgolf Swing Suites that will feature golf simulators.