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Sports Venues in Georgia
Plan for an exciting day of sports action during your next visit to Georgia. Across the state, you'll find a few different – and impressive – sports venues where you can take in a game.
Frank G. Lumpkin Jr. Center
You can experience even more excellent college basketball in GA when you visit Columbus. Be sure you check out the Frank G. Lumpkin Jr. Center where you can watch the Columbus State University men's and women's basketball teams play.
Seating over 11,000 football fans, Bazemore-Hyder Stadium is set on the campus of Valdosta State University in Valdosta, in southern Georgia. It serves as the home of the VSU Blazers football team, as well as the Valdosta High School Wildcats, the winningest high school football program in the nation.
Also known as Valdosta Stadium, and previously known as Cleveland Field, the facility opened in 1922. Fall Saturdays find fans tailgating in the stadium parking lot before cheering on their Blazers as they take on Division II rivals from across the South.
Bobby Dodd Stadium
With the ability to seat 55,000 football fans, Bobby Dodd Stadium is situated on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. The stadium serves as the home of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team, members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Besides housing the Georgia Tech “Ramblin’ Wreck,” the stadium has hosted professional soccer games and college football bowl games. The stadium serves as a battleground where fans can gather to witness the heated rivalry between Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia Bulldogs.
Claude Smith Field
Enjoy an afternoon of college baseball during your next visit to Georgia. Make plans to visit Macon in central GA and check out Claude Smith Field, home of the Mercer University baseball team. Accessed easily from Interstate 75, Claude Smith Field is found on the Mercer campus along Adams Street.
The seating capacity at Claude Smith Field is 500, and there are concession stands, and a press box. The stadium was named for the school's winningest baseball coach, Claude Smith, who coached the Mercer Bears from 1948 to 1977, winning 405 games along the way. The Mercer Bears baseball teams plays from March through the end of May.
Seating 10,475 baseball fans, Coolray Field is a minor league field located in Lawrenceville, Georgia, northeast of Atlanta. The facility is the home of the Gwinnett Braves, the Triple-A affiliate of major leaguers the Atlanta Braves.
In addition to the stadium grandstands, Coolray Field features a general admission lawn, giving fans the opportunity for a quintessential summer baseball game experience on the grass. On the stadium’s main concourse, fans can enjoy the famed Knucksie sandwich at Niekro’s or relax at Suite Lounge and Bar, which overlooks the field.
The busy Capital City of Atlanta is home to many professional sports teams. One such team is the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. Their home turf, the Georgia Dome, was completed in 1992 on nine acres of land, just outside of downtown Atlanta.
This 71,228 seat stadium remains the world's largest indoor facility for sports in America. The multi-purpose dome not only hosts football games, but also concerts, basketball games, soccer matches, wrestling events, gymnastics, Professional Bull Riders' events and more.
During the 1996 Summer Olympics, the stadium hosted basketball games and artistic gymnastics competitions. Each year, the Drum Corps International Southeastern Championship is held at the stadium. While in Atlanta, cheer on the Falcons or attend your favorite special event, for a fun afternoon in the dome.
Oglethorpe Speedway Park
During your next visit to coastal Georgia, enjoy more racing action with a trip to the Oglethorpe Speedway Park. One of Pooler's premier racing attractions, OSP hosts a bevy of regular stock car and mini stock car racing.
Georgia State Baseball Complex
There's hardly a lack of sporting events to check out in Georgia. With a wide range of professional and college teams competing nearly all year long, your next visit to the Peach State should yield a fun afternoon of high-flying athletic ability. And when you're visit has you in Decatur, be sure to catch a ballgame at the Georgia State Baseball Complex.
Opened in 1986, the GSU Baseball Complex is home to the Georgia State University Panthers baseball team. With a seating capacity of 1,092, you'll no doubt find a ticket to a Panthers game. Plan your visit to Decatur around the Panthers season – they start up in mid-February and roll on through to the end of May.
Home of the Savannah Sand Gnats, Grayson Stadium is a historic Savannah baseball stadium that originally opened in 1926. Enjoy an exciting game of minor league baseball as this Coastal Georgia team contests with other members of the A-Level South Atlantic League.
Opened in 1926, Grayson Stadium was renovated in 1941, then again in 2009. Today, it seats up to 4,000 eager fans, and was originally known simply as Municipal Stadium. The Savannah Sand Gnats are the Class-A affiliate of the New York Mets. Whether you're a die hard baseball nut, or are simply looking for a fun night out with the family, make your way to Grayson Stadium.
Atlanta Motor Speedway
The Georgia sports scene isn't just balls and bats – head for Atlanta Motor Speedway for premier racing action. Found in the city of Hampton, a short drive from McDonough, AMS is a 1.54-mile track that hosts a number of NASCAR events throughout the year.
GSU Sports Arena
Plan a trip into Atlanta and catch all the excitement of college basketball at the GSU Sports Arena, home of the Georgia State University Panthers. You'll find GSU Sports Arena on the Georgia State University campus along Decatur Street and between Piedmont Avenue and Courtland Street.
Constructed 1973, GSU Sports Arena is home to the GSU men's and women's basketball teams. It also famously hosted a badminton competition as part of the 1996 Summer Olympics. The GSU women's volleyball team also plays home matches here. GSU Sports Arena seats 3,854 fans.
Make the most of your next visit to Georgia with a day filled with exciting college basketball. Head for Macon and check out the Hawkins Arena, home of the Mercer University Bears men's and men's basketball teams. There are few better ways to enjoy a visit to central GA than with some high-flying college hoops.
Opened in 2004, the Hawkins Arena seats 3,500 fans, and has an authentic hardwood playing surface. You can find Hawkins Arena, also known as the University Center, on the Mercer campus, just south of downtown Macon. Within Hawkins Arena, there is also an indoor pool, the offices of the Mercer Athletics Department, and a food court.
The people living in the Capital city of Atlanta have access to attending numerous professional sporting events, in their hometown. The action for the Atlanta Hawks, of the National Basketball Association, and the Atlanta Dream of the Women's National Basketball Association, happens in Philips Arena. This multi-purpose arena was completed in 1999, west of downtown Atlanta near the Georgia Dome.
For twelve years, the arena was also home to the Atlanta Thrashers of the National Hockey League. Since its completion, the arena has hosted numerous events and concerts, making it one of the busiest arenas in the country. The arena has been host to concerts, National Basketball Association All-Star Games, United States Figure Skating Championships and World Wrestling Entertainment events.
With the seating capacity for 92,746 football fans, Sanford Stadium is the home turf of the University of Georgia’s Georgia Bulldogs in Athens, east of Atlanta in northern Georgia. Named for Dr. Steadman Vincent Sanford, an early supporter of UGA athletics, the stadium was a venue for the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Originally designed by TC Atwood, the stadium has undergone numerous renovations to accommodate more fans and provide more amenities. Called “the Greatest Spectator Stadium in the South,” Sanford Stadium serves as a battleground every fall for the intense rivalry between UGA and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Major League Baseball is alive and well in the city of Atlanta. Turner Field has been the home ballpark for the Atlanta Braves since 1997 after the demolition of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The 85,000-seat stadium was constructed for the 1996 Summer Olympics and named the Centennial Olympic Stadium. Once the Olympics and the Summer Paralympics were over, the ballpark was renovated for baseball Major League Baseball action, with just over 49,000 seats. This is a premier Atlanta-area attraction.
In 2000, this wonderful baseball stadium hosted the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The college baseball rivalry game between the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech is a fun, annual event hosted at the ballpark. Celebrate a special occasion by watching the Braves from one of the premium seats, including the 755 Club. While in the stadium, stroll through the ballpark's museum, the Ivan Allen Jr. Braves Museum and Hall of Fame.