1) Philips Arena: Seriously, its a great place for an event. Doesn't matter if you're there for a concert, basketball, WWE or a Disney On Ice Show. There's a reason Philips has won a ton of awards over the years. Its clean, easy to navigate with plenty of food and drink option. Plus, if you want to stock up on Hawks gear, kudos to the merch folks for offering a few decent deals every home game. I like the Hawks, but I'm not going to spend $100 on a jersey, but I will spend $5 on a cool Hawks hat.
2) Restaurants on Marietta St. BBQ, Pizza, Pub Food, even Sea Food are all available within walking distance of the Arena. There are also some cool bars where you can have a drink on the roof top lounge pre-game. However - don't venture too far away, stick with the well lit spots. This is still Downtown Atlanta.
3) Entertainment Spots Around Philips. Before of after the game, stroll through Centennial Park (I'd recommend before), ride the new Sky View, check out the College Football HOF or go look at the Fishies (as my daughter would say) at the Ga. Aquarium. The City has done a great job building up the Centennial Park Area.
4) The Vibe at the Arena. Admittedly, I'm not a huge NBA fan, but I am firmly planted on this Hawks bandwagon. Hawks Playoff basketball is like an Arena full of Bandwagon Fans turned up to 10. Sir Foster on the organ, Big Tig serves as the House DJ and the award winning Ryan Cameron all compliment each other to keep the fans hyped and having fun through the entire game.
5) There's a great chance to meet a 92.9 The Game Employee! Before every game, you will find a member of The Game On-Air Staff hanging out by the fan shop. So if you want to meet the NFL Legend Randy Cross, Atlanta Sports Guru Mitch Evans or the revolutionary Marc James (ask him, he'll tell you), this is your chance. Also, look for Jon Jeffries and Mark Zinno chasing after players to get a sound bite. (Your best bet for meeting Carl Dukes or Mike Bell would be to hit the Club Bar)
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