The Atlanta Hawks are a professional basketball team that compete in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The franchise was founded in 1946 as the Buffalo Bisons, but during their first season the team was moved to Moline, Illinois and became the Tri-Cities Blackhawks. The team has moved a total of f 4 times since their founding and have been based in Atlanta, Georgia, since 1968. The team has only won a single NBA Championship, which came in 1958 as the St. Louis Hawks. Let’s take a look at where the Hawks play their home games.
Where do the Atlanta Hawks play?
Since 1999 the Atlanta Hawks have played their home games at Philips Arena, which is located in Atlanta. It is a multipurpose indoor arena and has been used for many different events including ice hockey, concerts, wrestling and ice skating. Currently, the Hawks share the arena with the Atlanta Dream (WNBA). Philips Arena seats 18,729 for basketball, although it can hold more than 21,000 for concerts. The arena took over 2 years to build at a cost of $213.5 million. Since the arena opened in 1999 the naming rights for the stadium have been owned by Philips Electronics.
When the team first moved to Atlanta in 1968 they didn’t have a stadium to move into so they played at Georgia Tech’s Alexander Memorial Coliseum while theirs was being built. Four years later they moved into the Omni Coliseum, best known as simply The Omni, which had a capacity of about 16,000 for basketball games. In 1997 it was demolished to make way for the Philips Arena, which is built on the same location. During the period of construction the Hawks played their home games at Georgia Dome and Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The center-hung scoreboard from The Omni is now hung in the lobby of the new arena.