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 20,000-seat sports and entertainment venue 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 12 seasons, including the 2004 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and the 2003 NBA All-Star events.
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.
Venue Scores with Critics, Performers, and Fans
Named for its title sponsor Philips, Philips Arena has earned numerous industry, media and public accolades for its design, acoustics, amenities and spectrum of events.
Philips Arena is consistently ranked among North America’s Top-10 arenas based on attendance by Billboard and Pollstar magazines. Pollstar ranked Philips Arena as the No. 4 concert and events venue in the United States for 2010 and Billboard named the arena the No. 8 concert venue in the United States (No. 10 in North America) in Billboard’s Decade-End Top 10 based on ticket sales.
In addition, Philips Arena ranked No. 4 in the United States for 2009. In the same year, Philips Arena became the first LEED certified NBA Arena for an existing building: Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EB: O&M) 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.
The venue was ranked No. 3 in the United States and No. 8 in the world in Pollstar’s end-of-year rankings for 2007 and 2008, and was one of six venues in the United States nominated for "Venue of the Year” by the magazine in 2007. In October 2007, Philips Arena received the Ticketmaster Platinum Ticket Award for exceeding 535,000 tickets through Ticketmaster channels for 2006. Additionally, Philips Arena captured Tour Guide Magazine’s Top Dog Award as selected by tour industry professionals in 2006 for Best Large Venue.
In April 2005, USA Today ranked Philips Arena the No. 7 fan-friendliest NBA venue out of 29 arenas and No. 4 in the Eastern Conference. In this survey of the fan experience, Philips Arena finished No. 1 in the concessions category and its main concourse ranked second in atmosphere.
In 2002, Philips Arena was one of only four arenas in the United States to earn an “A” grade among venue naming rights deals ranked by Advertising Age magazine. The arena also earned Facilities and Event Management Prime Site Award in 2001 and 2002 through votes cast by promoters and arena peers.
Philips Arena’s video production team has been recognized for excellence with multiple Golden Matrix Awards for video production at the annual IDEA Conferences, including awards in 2002 and 2005 for best overall video display for basketball.
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Philips Arena’s sports attendance record of 20,425 was set on May 2, 2008 during the Hawks’ thrilling NBA Playoffs win over the Boston Celtics, in game six of their first round series.
Philips Arena replaced the Omni Coliseum when it was imploded in 1997. The Omni was home to the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks beginning with the 1968-69 season when they moved from St. Louis.
The venue hosts a variety of sports/entertainment events annually including Harlem Globetrotters, Disney On Ice, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Sesame Street Live.
Capacity and Accessibility
Maximum seating capacity of Philips Arena (approximate):
17,459 for Basketball
18,494 for Concerts
Philips Arena’s vertical suite design featuring all 92 luxury suites “stacked” in opera house style brought the upper rows of seats 20 feet closer to the floor than any venue built in decades. This design – with input from R.E.M.’s Michael Mills – has proven to be a hit both with concert performers and their audiences.
Philips Arena meets all standards for accessibility by persons with disabilities. Disabled seating areas are accessible by wheelchairs and provide views of the arena floor equal to the sightlines for standing spectators. Click here for an up-to-date schedule of events at Philips Arena.
Facts and Figures
- Seating Capacity: Basketball 17,459; Concerts 18,494
- Private Suites: 92
- Party/Rental Suites: 9
- Club Seats: 1866
- 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
“The world’s greatest athletes will have a chance to showcase their talents to a
global audience in one of the NBA’s finest facilities, Philips Arena.”
—David J. Stern, commissioner of National Basketball Association
(Excerpt from David J. Stern’s announcement that Philips Arena would host the 2003 NBA All-Start Game.)
“We are very excited for the Hawks, their fans, and the greater Atlanta community. Philips Arena offers a complete entertainment experience for fans of all ages.”
—David J. Stern, commissioner of National Basketball Association
“When you hear that [the luxury boxes located on one side], your first thought is that it is going to look quite strange. But now that I’m here, that’s really not the case at all. It’s very impressive.”
—Richard Peddie, president/CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (Toronto Raptors and Maple Leafs)
“It’s beautiful. Last time I was in here I was playing, and it was the old Omni. As a matter of fact, the whole Atlanta downtown has changed a great deal since last time I was here. This probably goes right in line with the whole renovation of the downtown – beautiful building. Of all the new arenas, this is the most unique with the one side of basically all suites. It’s a hell of a nice arena.”
—Kevin McHale, GM of Minnesota Timberwolves
“Philips (Arena) is a beautiful building…, they went out and made a lot of changes…”
—Pat Riley, head coach of Miami Heat
“The reason we’re playing [the 1999 ACC-Big Ten Challenge] here is the Philips Arena. This is as fine a facility as you’ll find.”
—Bobby Cremins, head basketball coach of Georgia Tech
“First impression, it’s a great arena. I really like how the skyboxes are located on one side of the arena, because it makes it a lot more enjoyable for the fans. I know that the team appreciates having their own facility now instead of going back and forth between arenas. I wish the team luck, and hope they have a great season.”
—Phil Jackson, head coach of Los Angeles Lakers
“I think it’s beautiful. It’s the first time I’ve seen it. I’ll like it a lot more if somehow we can win. The locker room is gorgeous. It’s one of the best visiting locker rooms I’ve seen. It seems to be a great facility. I’d like to take a walk up there and see what it’s like with all the suites on one side. It’s spacious. They did a great job underneath. The court itself has a lot of extra room on both ends, which I think is great. My first impression is it’s a beautiful building. They did a hell of a job.”
—P.J. Carlesimo, head coach of Golden State Warriors
“I think it’s a very nice building. All the new arenas around this year have come in and made a nice impact for the fans. This is definitely a unique configuration as far as the boxes on one side of the building.”
—Chris Ford, head coach of Los Angeles Clippers
“I think it’s a gorgeous building. I didn’t get a chance to go through the building that much, because we got here late…This is much better for basketball here in Atlanta. It’s quite a change from the Omni, and the people ought to be proud of it.”
—Jerry Sloan, head coach of Utah Jazz
“It’s a nice arena and it’s unique it’s design. I’ve never seen anything like that (the location of the suites on one side) before. It’s great atmosphere for basketball, and I like it!”
—Alonzo Mourning, Miami Heat
“It was different. One side stands, and one side, boxes…it was cool, and I liked it. It is one of the better arenas in the league and I enjoyed the experience.”
—Jamal Mashburn, Miami Heat
“I think it’s beautiful. Tonight was even better because it was full. And I love that. I think the sitelines are great. Aesthetically, it’s great. It’s a fun place to play.”
—Larry Brown, Head Coach, Philadelphia 76ers
“Playing the Fox was a big deal for us, but Philips is kind of like the last stand in Atlanta.”
—Coy Bowles of the Zac Brown Band
“Elton John was thrilled to perform at the Grand Opening of Philips Arena. Elton loved the venue and his sound engineers applauded the acoustics; a great venue for everyone.”
—Howard Rose, longtime agent for Elton John
“Philips Arena – What a great venue!”
—Don Watson, Champions On Ice
“[Philips Arena President Bob Williams] told us they wanted to put all the box suites on one side rather than in a circle, and we said that if they were glassed in it would screw with the acoustics. I’m really very surprised they took our advice.”
—Mike Mills, guitarist for R.E.M.
“We have a new home in Atlanta and it is truly magnificent. Philips Arena is a facility designed with the customer in mind.”
—Kenneth Feld, Chairman & CEO, Feld Entertainment (“The World’s Largest Producer of Family Entertainment” including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
“Philips Arena has been selected among AtlantaCitySearch.com’s top audience picks for ‘best place to hear live music,’ ‘best family outing,’ and ‘best landmark’ of 2001.”
“The crews and staff at Philips Arena are fantastic – so friendly and professional. Bravo!”
—Kristen Stultz, Entertainment Editor, Gwinnett Daily Post
“The Arena will host up to 21,000-plus visitors, and, as the most technological advanced building in the city, will bring the new millennium to Georgia’s sports fans with a file bang!”
—Guide To Georgia, 9-99
“With its playful, softly swooping contours, Philips Arena is gliding toward a grand-opening concert Sept. 24 that observers believe will signal a turning point in downtown’s moribund entertainment market. While first and foremost a nest for the Hawks and Thrashers, the $213 million bowl also is being heralded as an energy pill for the neighborhood, a landmark tourist destination and a state-of-the-art stage for the next millennium.”
—Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 9-5-99
“From its sweeping roof – patterned after the opera house in Sydney, Australia – to the unique seating configuration to the 300-foot-wide ATLANTA sign at the main entrance, this place is determined to stand apart from sports palaces that have opened over the past decade.”
—Associated Press, 9-11-99
“There’s truly not a bad seat in the place, and even if there was, fans could follow the action on the, count ’em, eight giant TV screens – four surrounding the scoreboard and two in each end zone. All are made, of course, by Philips.”
—Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (Ga.), 9-11-99
“In most every aspect of the new Philips Arena in Atlanta, from the multi-tiered naming rights deal to the bowl design, project developers were thinking out of the box. The Philips deal is perhaps the most multifaceted relationship in the history of the naming rights game. The technology giant fully makes if presence known in the new arena. And any technological participation by Philips in the arena goes above and beyond the naming rights deal.”
—Amusement Business Magazine, 9-13-99
“Covering 4.4 acres, Philips Arena could have been an overbearing hulk. The architectural team cleverly manipulated the roofline, the facades, the materials and even the siting to break up its massive scale and create an aesthetically pleasing structure.”
—Atlanta Journal-Constitution, architectural writer Catherine Fox, 9-19-99
“If the arena’s designers wanted to evoke intimacy and still seat 20,000 music fans, they succeeded. The venue’s interior all but glows. Up high, the open architecture just under the ceiling boasts a trendy, industrial feel that, oddly, is reminiscent of old-time ballparks. Down low, tucked just behind the stage, you can watch the performer interact with ga-ga fans and feel like a shameless voyeur.”
—Atlanta Journal-Constitution, music writer Steve Dollar, 9-25-99
“The dazzling new Philips Arena, a sports and entertainment Xanadu designed with technological wizardry, should serve the city well into the 21st century. "
—Guide to Georgia, 10-99
“The newly opened Philips Arena is quite an experience, from the moment you sport the massive steel beams out front that spell ‘Atlanta’ to the second the puck drops for a Thrashers game. There’s not a bad seat in the house at this state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue.
—Atlanta Now Magazine, 11-99
“Philips Arena seems to be the ‘in’ spot for just about everything.”
—Jezebel Magazine, 11-99
“Philips Arena – like [Evander] Holyfield’s moniker, it’s the real deal.”
—Creative Loafing, sports writer Dan Sadowski, 11-13-99
“I’ve been to a lot of venues across the country, and the acoustics at Philips Arena are phenomenal. There’s no stadium echo – we really enjoyed our concert experience there.”
—Michelle Cumbo, sr. producer for Atlanta’s WXIA-TV (NBC) “Peachtree Morning,” 12-6-99
“We have seen and heard great reports about Philips Arena. I am very impressed with this venue.”
—Ben Boles, news director for Huntsville, AL’s WAAY-TV (ABC), 12-8-99
“Philips Arena, the crowning jewel of a 25-acre redevelopment tract in downtown Atlanta, plays good and sounds great. The sound quality at Philips Arena has nothing to do with luck. It’s all in the design.”
—Carlton Fletcher, news editor of Albany Herald (Ga.), 12-10-99
“Philips Arena, the city’s new sports and entertainment complex that opened last fall, has hit a chord with residents – they love it.”
—KNOWAtlanta Magazine, January 2000
“The five most popular ticketed events of 1999 in metro Atlanta: 2. Elton John concert opens Philips Arena, Sept. 24; 4. Backstreet Boys at Philips Arena, Nov. 24; 5. Ricky Martin at Philips Arena, Oct. 24.”
—Atlanta Journal-Constitution “1999 Stepping Out” survey results, 1-1-00
“In a way, Philips Arena is a perfect new symbol for Atlanta: bold, on the cutting edge of technology and attracting thousands of people every day.”
—Sam Williams, president of Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
“Ted Turner and Turner Sports and Entertainment’s commitment to make Philips Arena a one-of-a-kind sports facility is what sets Atlanta apart from its competitors. Atlanta is the only city in the U.S. to have all of its major sports facilities and professional teams centered downtown within two miles.
—Gary Stokan, president of Atlanta Sports Council
“The arena is huge for downtown, a breakthrough. It’s wonderful for the entire community because we have a new downtown destination for people to enjoy, whether they are locals, conventioneers visiting, or people from around the region. This is going to be a regional destination for people. We are one of the leading convention cities, and I think the arena will encourage conventioneers to either come a day early or stay a day later. We’re going to have 200 events a year down there for people to visit and enjoy, and it won’t be just sporting events. It could be the circus or concerts. It gives people a reason to come to downtown Atlanta. It provides more impetus for downtown development.”
—Spurgeon Richardson, president of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
“Philips Arena promises to be the hub of activity for downtown Atlanta. What’s exciting to me is not only the sporting events, which will take up about 80 dates a year, but the literally hundreds of other performances and events that will take place in the arena which will animate that whole end of downtown. That’s good news for CNN Center, Underground Atlanta, and all of the businesses near Centennial Olympic Park.”
—Paul Kelman, president of Central Atlanta Progress
“[My] favorite Atlanta Sports Venue: Philips Arena – they really did it right.”
—Mike Kenn, Fulton County Commission Chairman and former Falcons player
“I can tell you that this [arena] would be the best venue for me.”
—Edwin Moses, Olympic Champion, 1976 and 1984 400m hurdles