Philips Arena

Philips Arena is the home of the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA, the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL, and the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA. It is a large indoor arena that was constructed in 1999 at a cost of over $213 million. Besides being the home of several professional sports teams, the arena also plays host to some of the biggest concerts and performances that come through the city. The arena is conveniently located near many other popular attractions in Atlanta. It is right next door the CNN Center at the intersection of Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Marietta Street.

Philips Arena is at the center of what is known as the Luckie Marietta District in Atlanta. This area is comprised of a wide selection of hotels, restaurants, and attractions. Altogether, this area sees some 2 million visitors each and every year. The variety of restaurants and hotels near Philips Arena makes it possible to turn any trip to the arena for a game into a full day or night of hanging out in one of the most popular parts of the city. If you are with the whole family, there are plenty of activities in and around the CNN Center for the daytime, and a host of family-friendly and affordable restaurants for before or after the game. If you are heading to see an Atlanta Thrashers or Hawks game with a group of friends and you want to party afterward, you will have no trouble locating a range of clubs, bars, and alluring restaurants within easy walking distance of Philips Arena.

Since opening in 1999, Philips Arena has hosted some of the most popular and internationally renowned bands and performers in the world. Elton John gave the first concert ever held at the arena in September of 1999. Some of the massive rock and roll bands that have played the venue include Metallica, AC/DC, the Rolling Stones, Kings of Leon, KISS, Green Day, Pearl Jam, and U2. One quick look at this list will make you realize that this is a venue that attracts the very biggest names that come through the city of Atlanta. The venue consistently ranks in the top 100 best venues in the world as designated by the industry leader in this field, Pollstar. For the first half of 2009, it was ranked the # 1 venue in the world based on attendance records, beating out the likes of Madison Square Garden in New York City and the Staples Center in Los Angeles. When you throw in the fact that there are tons of nice restaurants and hotels near Philips Arena, you are set up for a perfect evening of entertainment in Atlanta, whether you are seeing a concert, attending an event, or an Atlanta Thrashers or Hawks game.

During NHL, NBA, and WNBA seasons, check in with to see about availability of tickets to Thrashers, Hawks, and Dream games. When you look for hotels near Philips Arena, ask about offerings for package deals that include incentives on tickets or better rates for hotels when you buy tickets to a game. Many accommodations in the area run special deals for people taking advantage of all of the area attractions and sometimes you can secure better rates just for staying in a hotel within close range of the arena.

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