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30 June 2017

New Renderings Released for $192 Million Renovation to Philips Arena

CNN reports that the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks have released new renderings of a $192 million, HOK-designed renovation to Philips Arena.

“It’s the second-biggest redesign of an NBA arena, behind the recent remodeling of Madison Square Garden.”

“Construction began June 20 and is due to finish during the 2018-2019 season, which marks the Hawks’ 50th anniversary in Atlanta.”

“‘It’s so much more than a renovation,’ Hawks COO Thad Sheely told CNN. ‘A renovation implies that we’re putting some paint on the walls, maybe you added a bathroom or two to your house. It doesn’t really denote to scale. We really are, with almost at $200 million, are going to be able to touch almost every thing and facing piece of the building.’”

“When the project is done, the arena will have 360-degree connectivity to go with new restaurants and bars—including the first bar on an NBA floor. The Hawks Bar, in the shape of the team’s iconic ‘Pac-Man’ logo, will be just steps from the court.”

“The new center-hung scoreboard will be more than three times the size of the old one. For concerts, there will be new dressing room and backstage areas, as well as improved acoustics in the building.”