Considered one of the best state-of-the-art multi-purpose sports and entertainment complexes in the world, Philips Arena delivers top-ranked concert tours, professional and collegiate sporting events, family shows and conferences in a world-class setting with unparalleled customer service. The arena is home to the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, and hosts 160 events and 1.6 million guests annually.
The Atlanta landmark has welcomed more than 23 million patrons through its doors since opening in September 1999 and has hosted several world-class events over the past 14 seasons, including the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament, the 2004 U.S. Figure Skating Championship, the 2003 NBA All-Star events, and world-class performances by artists such as U2, Madonna and Tim McGraw.
In April, 2009, Philips Arena achieved LEED for Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EB: O&M) certification as specified by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” and represents independent, third-party verification that Philips Arena has met green building operating standards and performance measures. Philips Arena was the first NBA arena in the world to achieve this certification for an existing facility.
The venue adjoins world news hub CNN Center and sits within yards of the Georgia World Congress Center, the Georgia Dome, the Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park in the Luckie Marietta District in downtown Atlanta. The building is an official stop on the MARTA rail system, and its grand entrance celebrates the city, literally spelling “ATLANTA” in 65-foot high letters illuminated with fiber-optic lighting.
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Facts and Figures
- Seating Capacity: Basketball 18,118; Concerts 17,700
- Private Suites: 92
- Party / Rental Suites: 9
- Loge Boxes: 7
- Club Seats: 1,866
- Public Restrooms: 26
- Food Outlets: 23
- Restaurants/Clubs: 4
- Retail Outlets: 12
- Opening Date: September 1999
- Total Parking Spaces: 4,345
- Home Team: Atlanta Hawks
- Cost of Construction: $213 Million including construction, financing and public improvements
- Management Company: Arena Operations, LLC d/b/a Philips Arena