Philips Arena occupies the site of the Omni Coliseum, Atlanta's former sports arena, and also is home to the NHL's Thrashers and the Dream of the WNBA. On Nov. 4, 1999, the Hawks opened their 1999-2000 season at Philips. Philips Arena's sports attendance record of 20,425 was set May 2, 2008, during the Hawks' playoff victory over the Celtics, in Game 6 of their first-round series. The interactive "Philips Experience" is a 10,000 square-foot space that features Philips products, a live stage and games. Philips Arena, built for $213 million, also differs from other NBA arenas in that all of the luxury and club seats (a total of 1,866) are on one side. The venue's grand entrance celebrates the city, spelling "ATLANTA" in 65-foot high letters illuminated with fiber-optic lighting, according to the team's website. Tours of the arena are available daily every half-hour: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on non-event days, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on game days. Hawk Walk features a food court and retail stores and connects the arena to CNN Center, MARTA and the Georgia World Congress Center.
One Philips Drive Atlanta, GA 30303
From north of Atlanta, take I-75/I-85 South. Exit at Williams Street (249C). Turn right on International Boulevard. Go through Centennial Olympic Park Drive (formerly Techwood Drive) and cross Marietta Street.
From south of Atlanta, take I-75/I-85 North. Exit at Andrew Young International Boulevard. (Exit 248C -- one way street). Go through Centennial Olympic Park (formerly Techwood Drive) and cross Marietta Street.
From east of Atlanta, take I-20 West. Exit at Windsor/Spring Street (Exit 56B). Turn right onto Spring Street then left onto Marietta Street and left again onto Centennial Olympic Park Drive (formerly Techwood Drive).
From west of Atlanta, take I-20 East. Exit at Windsor/Spring Street (Exit 56B). Turn left onto Spring Street and left onto Marietta Street and left again onto Centennial Olympic Park Drive (formerly Techwood Drive).
Parking is available in the various lots around the arena, including the CNN Decks and Centennial Garage located on Centennial Olympic Park Drive across from the arena. CNN Decks and Centennial Garage may also be entered from Centennial Olympic Park Drive or Spring Street. Accessible parking is available in both lots.
MARTA Rapid Rail provides easy access with a station located at Philips Arena. The station is one stop west of Five Points Station, the first station on the West Line (the Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center station).