We started on Wednesday, counting down the five biggest sports stories in Atlanta from 2017. You can check out the progression by looking at what came in at No. 5... The Braves' Coppolella Scandal.
How'd this countdown come to be?
The Morning Show with John Fricke and Hugh Douglas spent days debating on the air and took to social media (Twitter and Facebook) to let their listeners help determine the five biggest sports stories of 2017. Before we get to No. 4, let's briefly mention some of the stories outside the top five (in no particular order):
- The Clemson Tigers came from out of nowhere (OK... they had a legit shot, but I sure didn't think so) to beat the Alabama Crimson Tide in the national championship, and my hair suffered the consequences.
- How on earth did the United States Men's National Team fail to qualify for the 2018 World Cup?
- We were in Las Vegas for Mayweather-McGregor, one of the biggest boxing matches of all time. What did Sean Thompson and Craig Carlos-Valentino think of the spectacle?
- Did you know Thompson and Carlos-Valentino hosted a boxing podcast called "Championship Rounds?"
There were four major, new stadium projects in town at about the same time. The culmination of these projects mostly happened in 2017.
Georgia State re-worked the once Olympic Stadium-turned MLB stadium-now football stadium. The Atlanta Hawks were gutting and rebooting Phillips Arena. The Braves opened not just a stadium in SunTrust Park but an entire community on the edge of town. Controversies and all "The Battery" is beautiful and a fabulous new home for the ball club.
Then there is the jewel, Mercedes-Benz Stadium. An epic building that redefines downtown and with it will bring this city more major events than it has ever seen. We will likely not see another new major stadium built here for at least 50 years, maybe longer.
You can even check out a video from inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium as the roof was opening manually for the Packers-Falcons game in Week 2.
Reporting and information from The Morning Show was used here, and John Fricke provided reporting and contributed to the writing of this article.
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