Watch a game at Atlanta’s new (and improved) sports stadiums

50 best things to do in Atlanta: Mercedes-Benz Stadium

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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?

50 best things to do in Atlanta: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
The falcon at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

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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?

The Battery
The Battery Atlanta

Photograph courtesy of the Atlanta Braves

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.

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