Sports play an integral part in the heritage and economy of Atlanta. With a wide variety of sports teams, there is some thing for everybody. Whether you are a follower of baseball, football, basketball, soccer, golf, or even MMA, Atlanta’s sports deliver.
Until the Milwaukee Braves became the Atlanta Braves and the NFL passed over the Falcons, Atlanta could barely have been considered a sports destination. This 1960’s era explosion of pro league teams calling Atlanta home changed the formerly college-centric focus to a more broad love of sports. Now, however, the city is an authentic sports hub in the South, encouraging fans of different loyalties to congregate in (relative) peace. Between the loved major league teams and the favorite college teams, sports offers many Atlanta natives something in common.
Cheering for their cherished team isn’t the only reason Atlantans love sports so much. Being the biggest post-grad destination for SEC and AAC schools coupled along with the fact that the Braves by themselves brought in 267 million bucks in revenue in 2014 means that Atlanta sports offers a major economic boost. In 2013, the Atlanta Falcons generated 57 million in income. While substantially less than the Braves, 57 million is nothing to sneeze at.
Let’s not forget the Atlanta Silverbacks, our resident professional soccer team. While not as extensively celebrated as the Braves and Falcons, soccer fans do not let anyone forget our stake in Major League Soccer.
Among of the most important cities in the southeast, Atlanta not only boasts of productive baseball and football pro league teams, but also of many other sport fields. One of the greatest sports attractions in Atlanta is The Atlanta Speedway. NASCAR fans get together every Labor Day to watch the Sprint Cup. The Speedway attracts nearly 200,000 fans per event. If you’re from the South you know how seriously we take NASCAR races.
For those who like wrestling over field and court sports, Atlanta is home to MMA fighters like Clay “Heavy Metal Harvison”, Raphael Assuncao, and world famous Muay Thai champion Khunpon Dechkampu.
Professional golf enthusiasts will not be disappointed with the major golf events locateded in Atlanta annually. The TOUR Championship backed by Coca-Cola attracts many followers from all over the world.
Regardless of which mode of sports you are an extreme fan of (or if you just enjoy participating in the tail gate action) Atlanta’s sports have plenty of choices to go with.