HOK Selected to Design Philips Arena Renovation in Atlanta
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club have announced plans for a $192.5 million renovation of Philips Arena, designed by HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice.
The renovation of the arena, which opened in 1999, will create a building that is authentic to Atlanta and inspired by the excitement and inclusiveness of the city’s Beltline. The reimagined arena will include new amenities on every level of the building, including clubs, suites and luxury boxes, 360-degree connected concourses on all levels, improved sightlines and state-of-the-art video throughout. The renovation will better connect the arena to popular tourist attractions around Centennial Olympic Park.
The city-owned facility hosts more than 170 events annually. As part of the renovations, the Hawks have committed to an 18-year lease extension to remain in downtown Atlanta through 2046.
“The Hawks will begin renovations of Philips Arena during the summer of 2017, and the transformation will be completed by the start of 2018-2019 season, coinciding with the Hawks’ 50th Anniversary in Atlanta. The Hawks will play next season at Philips.”
“This is the first stake in the ground in transforming the critical corridor from the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium to Centennial Olympic Park and across to Five Points and Underground Atlanta,’ said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. ‘I want to thank Tony Ressler and the Atlanta Hawks’ ownership for committing to this deal that will keep the NBA in our city and help reimagine downtown for the millions of residents, visitors and tourists who come to Atlanta each year.”
“Philips Arena annually ranks among the most-programmed venues in the country, after Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center in New York City and Staples Center in Los Angeles, according to Pollstar’s rankings. Philips employs approximately 1,500 staff per event, including 300 full-time employees and 1,200 part-time employees. More than 1.6 million fans and customers attend events at Philips Arena every year, with those numbers expected to increase significantly in the next two to five years.”