Sports and Recreation

From April through September, the Atlanta Braves play major league baseball at Turner Field in Atlanta. Turner Field was originally Olympic Stadium when Atlanta hosted the 1996 Olympics. The Braves, who have played in three cities throughout their history, became the only major league baseball team to have become World Champions in three different home cities when they won the 1995 World Series. Although the team has been based in Atlanta since 1966, its home games were televised nationwide on cable television for many years, increasing its fan base across the country. Of interest to these many fans is the Atlanta Braves Museum and Hall of Fame at Turner Field.

For the fall football season, Atlanta also has a professional level sports team, the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL. The Falcon's home, the Georgia Dome, is the largest cable supported domed stadium in the world and was a venue for the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta.

College football fans have choices as well. The Georgia Dome is also where the Georgia State University Panthers play their home games. The famous Rambling Wreck football team of Georgia Tech plays at Bobby Dodd Stadium at historic Grant Field located on Tech's campus in Atlanta.

The Georgia Dome hosts other sports events besides the professional and college football games. Monster Jam racing and freestyle competitions by monster trucks, sponsored by the U.S. Hot Rod Association, are held there. The American Motorcyclist Association holds a Supercross event there.

Located in downtown Atlanta is the Philips Arena, which is the home of Atlanta's two professional basketball teams, the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA and the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA. In addition, the Philips Arena hosts sports related events such as ice shows and the Harlem Globetrotter exhibition shows.

Atlanta also has two professional soccer teams, the Atlanta Silverbacks and the Atlanta Silverbacks Women. Both teams play at Atlanta Silverback Park, located minutes from downtown.

Motorsports fans can enjoy the action at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, located in nearby Hampton, south of the city. The Speedway hosts NASCAR and other racing events. Road Atlanta is 35 miles from Atlanta and is home to a number of motor sports activities, including motorcycle and sports car races.

Atlanta also offers opportunities for those who want to participate in, rather than watch, sports. Piedmont Park has swimming and tennis centers, softball fields and soccer fields. Fishing is permitted in a large, stocked lake. The park is popular with joggers.