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Whether you follow the pros or cheer for college players, root for homeruns or touchdowns, Georgia has lots of exciting sports action to enjoy.
Professional Sports in Georgia
There are professional sports teams in Georgia for all of America's favorite games. The Atlanta Falcons are one of the country's best football teams, making it to two Super Bowl games. They play their home games in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta, filled with the latest features to enhance the game experience for fans. Take a stadium tour to get a peek behind the scenes, including visits to the locker rooms and the field.
The Atlanta Braves are the region's baseball team, playing just outside Atlanta at SunTrust Park. The top-notch team has won the World Series three times. For basketball, take in an Atlanta Hawks game at Philips Arena. For a different kind of sports action, check out the NASCAR races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a 1.54-mile track. Oglethorpe Speedway Park features stock car and mini stock car races.
There's also great golf in Georgia, with more than 150 courses, with challenging courses that offer scenic views of lakes, rivers, and swamps. Top players compete in the Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club each year, and the Club at Savannah Harbor hosted pros at the Legends of Golf tour.
Minor League Sports in Georgia
They aren't quite ready for the big leagues, but minor league sports offer lots of excitement—as well as seeing great players before they're famous. There are minor league baseball teams throughout the state, including the GreenJackets in Augusta, the Gwinnett Braves in Lawrenceville, and the Rome Braves in Rome. The Savannah Gnats are a single-A affiliate of the New York Mets.
College Sports in Georgia Some people think college games are even more exciting than professional sports, and there's plenty of undergraduate action on the field in Georgia. In Athens, the University of Georgia Bulldogs pull in more than 90,000 fans to watch football at Sanford Stadium. Bulldogs basketball also brings in fans during fall and winter.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have 17 varsity teams within the Atlantic Coast Conference. Their football team draws big crowds to games at Bobby Todd Stadium in Atlanta. The basketball and baseball teams also have lots of fans who show up to their home games.
In South Georgia, college sports center around the Savannah State University Tigers and Lady Tigers. The school has 16 varsity teams competing in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Other college sports teams in Georgia include the Mercer University Bears near Macon and the Valdosta State University Blazers at Valdosta in South Georgia.
Participation Sports in Georgia
When you want to do more than just watch the sports action, Georgia offers plenty of ways to be active. Golfers can play the same course as the pros in Savannah, and fishers can drop a line to hook bigmouth bass, bluegill, and more at lakes and rivers throughout the state. The Georgia Marathon is held in Atlanta every year, along with numerous other fun runs and races, like the AJC Peachtree Road Race that's a Fourth of July tradition.