State Farm Arena

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State Farm Arena
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The State Farm Arena with its old name in October 2006
The State Farm Arena with its old name in October 2006
Earlier names

Philips Arena (1999-2018)

place 1 Philips Drive Atlanta , Georgia 30303
United StatesUnited States
Coordinates 33 ° 45 '26 "  N , 84 ° 23' 47.1"  W Coordinates: 33 ° 45 '26 "  N , 84 ° 23' 47.1"  W.
owner Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority
operator Atlanta Hawks
start of building June 5, 1997
opening September 18, 1999
October 20, 2018
Renovations 2017-2018
surface Concrete
ice surface
costs 207 million euros (1999)
170 million euros (2017-2018)
architect HOK Sport
capacity Basketball:
18,118 places (since 2017)
18,047 places (2014–2017)
18,118 places (2013–2014)
18,238 places (2012–2013)
18,371 places (2011–2012)
18,729 places (2005–2011)
19,445 places (1999–2005)
Ice hockey:
17,624 seats (2010–2011)
18,545 seats (1999–2010)
21,000 seats

The State Farm Arena is a multi-purpose arena in the US city ​​of Atlanta in the state of Georgia . The construction costs of the hall, which opened in 1999, amounted to 207 million euros . The Basketball - franchise of the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA wears their home games. The Hawks are also the operators of the hall. The State Farm Arena replaced the Omni Coliseum as the team's venue. There is space for up to 21,000 spectators in the hall for concerts and similar events, a maximum of 17,624 for ice hockey games and 18,118 for basketball. It is close to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium , the home of the Atlanta Falcons ( National Football League ) and Atlanta United ( Major League Soccer ).


After construction began in June 1997, the Hawks were able to use the hall in time for the 1999/2000 season when it opened on September 18, 1999 . From 1999 to 2011, the Atlanta Thrashers' ice hockey team played their home games here before the franchise was relocated to Winnipeg . The Atlanta Dream ( WNBA ) women's basketball team was based in the arena from 2008 to 2016. The Georgia Force ( Arena Football League ) was also at home in 2002 and from 2005 to 2007. The NCAA - college basketball team of Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets more from 2011 to 2012 in the Philips Arena, since the usual venue, the Hank McCamish Pavilion in time has been renovated. A number of wrestling events have been held in the hall since it opened, including a. World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Royal Rumble in January 2002 and multiple editions of Monday Night RAW and WWE SmackDown! .

In 2003 the NBA All-Star Game was held here and in 2004 the US Figure Skating Championships . At the end of January 2008, the 56th NHL All-Star Game took place in the hall , as the game of the 2004/05 season , which was also awarded to Atlanta, was canceled due to the lockout .

In 2009, the Philips Arena was the first NBA arena to receive LEED certification, which defines a series of standards for environmentally friendly, resource-saving and sustainable building.

The hall has been modernized since mid-2017. The renovation will take place while the game is running. So was u. a. the seating and the video cube under the hall roof changed. The renovation will cost around 173 million euros . The city pays the majority of 128 million euros. In return, the Atlanta Hawks have extended the lease by 18 years to 2046. The opening took place on October 20, 2018 under the new name State Farm Arena . With an "Open House Party" the visitors could see the converted arena. In addition to the new video cube and the new seats, a golf simulator, a hairdressing salon and a bar have also been integrated into the arena. Food prices are said to be under $ 5. The renovation resulted in construction costs equivalent to a total of 170 million euros.


The Dutch electronics company Philips was the hall's name sponsor until 2018 . In 1999, a 20-year naming contract was signed for $ 185 million. In February 2018 it was announced that Philips did not want to renew the contract. On August 29th of that year, the Atlanta Hawks and the insurance company State Farm announced a new contract. The agreement also has a term of 20 years until 2038. State Farm pays a total of 175 million US dollars.

On the outside in the direction of Downtown Atlanta, angled steel columns that support the roof of the hall form the lettering “ATLANTA” - on the side facing the Georgia World Congress CenterCNN ” can be read in the same way . The hall is opposite the CNN Center .


Web links

Commons : State Farm Arena  - Collection of pictures, videos, and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Start of renovation of the Hawks Arena. In: June 21, 2017, accessed September 2, 2018 .
  2. Sam Meredith: A look behind the curtain as Philips Arena renovations continue. In: June 8, 2018, accessed September 2, 2018 .
  3. Hawks Arena gets a new name. In: August 31, 2018, accessed September 2, 2018 .
  4. ^ State Farm Arena before reopening. In: October 9, 2018, accessed October 9, 2018 .
  5. Don Muret: Sources: Philips Won't Renew Naming Rights. In: February 5, 2018, accessed September 2, 2018 .
  6. Hawks reach arena naming rights agreement with State Farm. In: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 29, 2018, accessed September 2, 2018 .