Atlanta sports teams

Atlanta sports teams

Atlanta sports teams

Atlanta has many professional sports, teams to follow, and high-quality sporting experiences to get perched behind the bench in the owner’s box with access to the field.


Sports in Atlanta has a rich history, including the oldest on-campus NCAA Division I football stadium, Bobby Dodd Stadium, built in 1913 by the students of Georgia Tech. Atlanta also played host to the second intercollegiate football game in the South, played between the A&M College of Alabama (now Auburn University) and the University of Georgia in Piedmont Park in 1892; this game is now called the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry. The city hosts college football's annual Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the Peachtree Road Race, the world's largest 10 km race. Atlanta was the host city for the Centennial 1996 Summer Olympics, and Downtown Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park was built for and commemorates the games.

The Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association have played in Atlanta since the 1968–69 NBA season. The franchise began in 1946 as the Buffalo Bisons, briefly playing in Buffalo, New York, before moving to Moline, Illinois and becoming the Tri-Cities Blackhawks. The team moved to Milwaukee in 1951, then to St. Louis in 1955, where it won its sole NBA Championship (as the St. Louis Hawks). A decade after winning the NBA title, in 1968, the Hawks came to Atlanta. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Atlanta United won the MLS Cup in 2018 (the city's fourth major pro sports championship). In 2018, Atlanta United launched its reserve team, Atlanta United 2, in the USL Championship. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

en.wikipedia.org)From 1992 to 1996, Atlanta was home to the short-lived Atlanta Knights, an International Hockey League team. Their inaugural season was excellent for a new team, and was only bested by their sophomore season in which they won the championship Turner Cup. In 1996, they moved to Quebec City, Quebec, and became the Quebec Rafales. (Source:

Atlanta Rhinos, formerly of the USA Rugby League, now in the professional North American Rugby League represent the city at rugby league. The club was formerly linked with English Super League club the Leeds Rhinos. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Atlanta has a rich tradition in collegiate athletics, with two NCAA Division I programs in the city and a third in the metropolitan area. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Atlanta was the host city for the Centennial 1996 Summer Olympics and has hosted Super Bowl XXVIII (1994), Super Bowl XXXIV (2000), and Super Bowl LIII (2019). Atlanta has also hosted the NCAA Final Four Men's Basketball Championship, most recently in 2013. The city hosts college football's annual Chick-fil-A Bowl (Formerly known as the Peach Bowl). Atlanta hosted the NCAA Final Four Men's Basketball Championship in April 2002, April 2007, and April 2013. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Racing facilities include Atlanta Motor Speedway, a 1.5 mile (2.4 km) NASCAR race track in Hampton, and Road Atlanta in Braselton. In 2005 Atlanta competed with other major U.S. cities for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. In March 2006, Atlanta lost to Charlotte, North Carolina. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

King, Michael (3 July 2018). "Atlanta named 'Running City USA' because of AJC Peachtree Road Race". WXIA-TV. Retrieved 24 November 2018. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Home to the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, the College Football Hall of Fame and the world's largest city tennis league, Georgia offers athletics in just about every sport you can imagine. (Source: www.georgia.org)

From professional baseball, football, basketball, soccer and lacrosse teams to collegiate sports, a large running community and the best tennis town this side of the Atlantic, the city of Atlanta is a vast and varied sports metropolis. With so much history and so many events occurring year-round, KNOWAtlanta provides the following primer on Atlanta’s athletic pastimes. (Source: www.knowatlanta.com)

www.knowatlanta.com)Atlanta is an undisputed champ when it comes to tennis fandom. The city is home to the Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association (ALTA, est. 1934), a nonprofit that organizes league play with 80,000-plus members. (Source:

There are about 100 public tennis courts just within the city limits of Atlanta – and countless more in the surrounding neighborhoods and apartment complexes. (Source: www.knowatlanta.com)

Each July, the city hosts the BB&T Atlanta Open tennis tournament at Atlantic Station, which attracts some of world’s top touring professionals. 2017 is the 14th year of the tournament, which draws about 30,000 fans despite the summer heat. (Source: www.knowatlanta.com)

Before the Milwaukee Braves moved their team to Atlanta in 1966, the city was home to another professional baseball team, the Atlanta Crackers of the Southern Association, who played at Ponce de Leon Park (known as “Old Poncey”) from 1900 to 1965. (Source: www.knowatlanta.com)

You may know that Atlanta is home to five major professional sports teams: The Falcons, the Braves, the Hawks, the Dream and Atlanta United FC. But did you know that while Atlanta has twice been home to National Hockey League teams – the Atlanta Flames (1972-80) and the Atlanta Thrashers (1999-2011) – the East Coast Hockey League's Atlanta Gladiators have called the city home for 16 years. The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier "AA" hockey league. All home games are played at the Infinite Energy Arena, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. (Source: www.knowatlanta.com)

Atlanta became a Major League Soccer expansion city in 2014 with the formation of Atlanta United FC. Fans were involved in choosing the team’s name, logo, and the color scheme for the uniforms. (Source: www.knowatlanta.com)

Similarly, the Georgia State Panthers, representing Georgia State University, field varsity teams in 16 sports, including football and basketball. GSU, like Georgia Tech, is situated within Atlanta proper. Northwest of the city, Kennesaw State University features 17 sports teams, including a football program it launched in 2015. (Source: www.knowatlanta.com)

www.knowatlanta.com)Atlanta is for runners. The city hosts dozens of running events each year, including the world-renowned AJC Peachtree Road Race, which is an annual 10K run with about 60,000 participants. (Source:

Atlanta hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics, becoming just the fifth American city to host the Olympic Games and only the third to hold a Summer Olympic Games. The legacy of those games lives on in many ways, including landmarks such as Centennial Olympic Park. (Source: www.knowatlanta.com)

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