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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:44 pm    Post subject: Hawks' renovated Philips Arena to include NBA's first courtside bar

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Hawks' renovated Philips Arena to include NBA's first courtside bar

The Atlanta Hawks will have the NBA's first courtside bar.

The team announced the Hawks Bar on Wednesday as part of revealing details of its $192.5 million renovation of Philips Arena, which will take place over 16 months.

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Bar areas have long been part of the perks to a courtside season-ticket holder, but those areas have been exclusively outside of the arena bowl, with no view of the court.

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"People don't want to be confined to their seats anymore," Hawks chief operating officer Thad Sheely said. "That's true for our high-end season-ticket holders, as well."

The 1,500-square-foot bar space is behind one of the baskets. Sheely said that any one of the 600 courtside season-ticket holders will receive admission into the space.

The team also will sell a limited amount of standing room-only tickets to those courtside season-ticket holders so they can invite more friends or business partners to the game.

While seats by the court are extremely valuable, Sheely said the seats after the first three rows behind the basket precipitously drop in value, which helped convince Hawks management to carve out the new space.

The team will have to take out only about 200 seats to clear way for the bar, which will be up and running for next season.

Other new Philips Arena features that were the talk of social media on Wednesday afternoon include a barbershop that gives fans getting their hair cut a view of the court and two Topgolf Swing Suites with simulators in them.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:35 am    Post subject:

They also have a barber shop with a view of the game and golf "swing suites"

their team must be so boring you need other entertainment to help you get through the game lol
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:31 pm    Post subject:

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They also have a barber shop with a view of the game and golf "swing suites"

their team must be so boring you need other entertainment to help you get through the game lol


Seriously, what the (bleep)?

They think people are going to buy tickets just a basketball game just so that they can get their hair cut?...
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:33 pm    Post subject:

You laugh, but we have swimming pools and jacuzzis at baseball stadiums.
I'm pretty sure if Jerry Buss was still alive he would probably incorporate some modern day equivalent of the Forum Club.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:46 pm    Post subject:

CandyCanes wrote:
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They also have a barber shop with a view of the game and golf "swing suites"

their team must be so boring you need other entertainment to help you get through the game lol


Seriously, what the (bleep)?

They think people are going to buy tickets just a basketball game just so that they can get their hair cut?...


It's less ridiculous than people buying tickets to watch the Atlanta Hawks. Atlanta DGAF about the Hawks.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:47 am    Post subject:

To me, banners and statues of greats matter more
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:11 pm    Post subject:

Flyover franchise. One that actually pondered if the black attendees were bumming out the white ones (who presumably had more money to spend in the arena). They wondered if that was a reason for their constantly moribund attendance, even when they were somewhat relevant in the Josh Smith/Horford years.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 2:42 am    Post subject:

Yeah, it's the Atlanta Hawks. If anyone needs to drink it's that fanbase.
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