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Sports Teams in Georgia
Check out the Braves, Falcons, and Bull Dogs
Your next visit to Georgia should be met with trips to any number of exciting sporting events. From college to professional, baseball to football, you'll find just the game to entertain you and the family. From the Atlanta area to southern cities like Valdosta and Cairo, wherever it is you choose to visit, enjoy these Georgia sports teams.
Atlanta has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to sports teams. Football fans have the Falcons, baseball fans can enjoy the Braves during the summer, and basketball fans have all winter and into spring to cheer on the Hawks. During the fall, plan a visit to the Georgia Dome, home field of the Atlanta Falcons – there's nothing quite like a Sunday during the NFL season.
During the summer baseball fans love trips to Turner Field for Atlanta Braves games, while a fall visit will see you heading for Philips Arena, home court of the Atlanta Hawks – get ready to see all the high-flying slams and jams of NBA action. College sports are huge in Georgia, too. The University of Georgia Bulldogs are a major draw in the Athens area, east of downtown Atlanta and not far from Commerce and Winder.
The Bulldogs enjoy massive crowds of more than 90,000 fans when they host football games at Sanford Stadium in the fall. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets also play a major role in the Georgia's college sports landscape. Make a visit to Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field in Atlanta for Yellow Jacket football games.
When it comes to baseball, the Braves might attract the most state-wide attention, but local minor league ball clubs also draw their fair share. Augusta, in central Georgia, has the GreenJackets, Lawrenceville features the Gwinnett Braves, and Rome has the Rome Braves.
Along the Georgia coast, Savannah plays its own role in the Georgia sports world. Check out the Savannah Sand Gnats, the Single-A affiliate of the New York Mets, or visit the Ted A. Wright Stadium, home field of the Savannah State University Tigers football team. Make the drive in from Pooler of Richmond Hill.
Watch as the Atlanta Braves Slug Their Way to Victory
Baseball is an iconic, American pastime, bringing people together in ballparks across the US for more than 100 years. In Atlanta, baseball fans flock to Turner Field to cheer on the Braves. On your next summer visit to the Atlanta area, make time to check out a Braves game. Originally founded in 1871 as the Boston Red Stockings, the team didn't become the Braves until 1912. A move to Milwaukee in 1953 saw them become the Milwaukee Braves.
It was 1966 when the Braves finally made their way to Atlanta. The Braves are considered one of two "charter franchises" – along with the Chicago Cubs – making them one of the oldest teams in American professional sports. Since 1966, the Braves have established themselves as one of the most popular teams in Major League Baseball, seeing fans make the trip in for games from all over the state. Fans from nearby cities like Morrow and Union City make regular trips into downtown Atlanta for Braves games.
The Braves have been playing all home games at Turner Field since 1997. Before then, they played at the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium from their arrival in 1966 to 1996. Turner Field was originally built as an Olympic stadium for the 1996 summer games in Atlanta. It was then renovated for baseball purposes, allowing the Braves to move in.
During your summer visit to Atlanta, make some time to check out a Braves game at Turner Field. Before the game starts, however, feel free to visit any number of popular and impressive attractions in the area – don't miss a tour of the Georgia Aquarium or the Atlanta History Center.
Visit Atlanta During the Fall and Check Out a Falcons Game
Visit Georgia and head for the Atlanta area – rich in history, impressive attractions, and a slew of exciting sports teams, you and the family will no doubt have a memorable stay. On your fall or early winter visit into Atlanta, make plans to check out an Atlanta Falcons football game. The Falcons joined the NFL in 1965 as an expansion team, and have since established themselves as a fan favorite in Atlanta. Their, now, classic red on black on white colors are synomamous with the city of Atlanta.
Visit Atlanta during the fall and experience first hand the excitment and ferocity of Falcons football. Playing within the NFC South Division, the Falcons regularly face the likes of the Saints, Buccaneers, and Panthers. While the Falcons have heaps of fans all across the state, many make the drive in from nearby cities like Stone Mountain, Union City, and Hapeville during the season to watch their Falcons play.
Be sure to visit the Georgia Dome on your visit to Atlanta. Home turf to all Falcons home games, the Georgia Dome packs in more than 71,000 screaming fans per game. You'll find the Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta, adjacent to the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, and the Centennial Olympic Park. Fans from nearby Morrow often make trips into downtown Atlanta for Falcons games and to visit other top attractions.
While NFL gameday is an exciting, your visit into Atlanta should also be met with visits to area attractions like the Fox Theatre, Piedmont Park, and the Atlanta Cyclorama. There are few better ways to experience the history of Atlanta than with a visit to the the Atlanta History Center. Whether you're the super-fan number 1 of the Falcons, or if you're just looking for a fun family activity on your visit, be sure to visit the Georgia Dome on your next fall visit for all the exciting football action.
Basketball Fans Enjoy a Visit to Atlanta for Hawks Games
Atlanta is a city rich in culture, with an eclectic blend of history and modernity. Plan your next visit to the Atlanta area and be ready to check out a long list of impressive attractions, and plenty of high-flying dunks, three pointers, and buzzer-beaters – this is Atlanta Hawks country. Playing home games at the Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta, the Hawks are a major source of local sports pride, drawing fans from nearby suburbs like Morrow and Stone Mountain, and from as far north as Dawsonville and Helen.
Founded in 1946 as the Buffalo Bisons, they would become the Tri-Cities Blackhawks just 13 games into their inaugural campaign. In 1951 a move to Milwaukee saw them change to the Hawks, and by 1955 they had moved once again, this time to St. Louis, still maintaining the Hawks mascot. And in 1968, they found their permanent home in Atlanta. The NBA seasons tips off every year in late October and plays through to the NBA Finals in June. Plan your visit into the Atlanta area accordingly and check out a game.
Before you make your way to Philips Arena, you'll have time to check out a number of top area attractions – you can have lunch at Piedmont Park, take a tour of the World of Coca-Cola, or enjoy the fine arts at the High Museum of Art. All the diverse fun of downtown Atlanta is a short, scenic drive away from nearby cities like Hapeville and Union City. Visit Atlanta soon and enjoy all the swats, slamma-jammas, and cross-over dribbles of an NBA game – keep your eye on the t-shirt cannon and try to win a free Hawks souveneir.
Watch the Future MLB Stars at Local Minor League Ball Parks
While the Atlanta Braves might garner most of the attention in the state of Georgia when it comes to baseball, there are still other options for fans – minor league baseball. From Savannah to Rome, plan on checking out the future stars of Major League Baseball on your next visit into the Peach State.
If your planning a visit to coastal Georgia, head for Savannah and check out the Sand Gnats. As the Single-A affiliate of the New York Mets, the Savannah Sand Gnats play home games at Grayson Stadium. Former players of note include Adrian Beltre, Travis Hafner, and Eric Gagne. Visit any time between April and September and join 4,000 other Sand Gnats fans in cheering on the team – make the drive in from nearby cities like Pooler, Richmond Hill, or Hinesville.
In central Georgia, the Augusta GreenJackets play all home games at the Lake Olmstead Stadium in Augusta. On your spring or summer visit into the area, make the drive in from Grovetown or nearby Waynesboro and check out the GreenJackets play a game or two. The GreenJackets take their name from The Masters Tournament, the popular PGA Major held yearly where the winner earns a green jacket.
Closer to the Atlanta area, visit the city of Rome and head for the State Mutual Stadium – home field of the Rome Braves. During the spring and into summer, fans flock from nearby Cartersville and Hiram for exciting Braves games. The Rome Braves are the Single-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. 33 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta, the city of Lawrenceville is home to the Gwinnett Braves. The Gwinnett Braves are the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves and entertain fans at Coolray Field. Drive in from Winder or Braselton and check out a game during the spring or summer.
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
With a total size of 43,000 square feet, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame is the largest state sports museum in the country. Home to more than 3,000 artifacts, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame is a must-see attractions for anyone visiting Macon in central GA. You can find the GSHoF near downtown along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame is open Tuesday through Saturday for general admission, closed on Sunday, and open Monday, but only for group, pre-reserved tours. Throughout the year at the GSHoF, you can find any number of timely exhibits – visiting during the college football season for excellent displays on the Bulldogs, Yellowjackets, and more.