There’s nothing like the energy in the 404. Atlanta has been moving American culture for decades. Between the music, the food, and of course, the sports scene, Atlanta is the pit of a very sweet peach.
Sports are kind of a big deal around Atlanta. A quick spin around the city, and you’ll see why. The Braves play in Truist Park. Did you know that the Braves are the oldest franchise in America? Without any gaps, the team has played ball since 1871. They moved to Atlanta in 1966 by way of Milwaukee from Boston.
The Falcons and Atlanta United both play in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which was completed in 2017. It’s got a retractable roof that, when open, looks like a bird spreading its wings. Pretty cool, right?
The Hawks shoot hoops at the State Farm Arena, right in the heart of downtown Atlanta. It opened in 1999, replacing the Omni Coliseum -- may it rest in peace. This arena also used to host the Atlanta Thrashers before they moved up to Winnipeg. Since then, there’s been a real hockey drought in A-Town. If anyone in the NHL is reading this, please, give us a team!
The Falcons and Hawks are still searching for their championship rings, but the Braves are known for one of the most impressive performance streaks of all time. They advanced to the World Series five times in the 90s. From 1991 to 2005, the Braves won 14 consecutive division titles. Yeah, no one’s ever done it before or since.
Not every team can build a lasting legacy like the Braves. A few teams have sprung up in Atlanta and then folded or moved. If you’re from the city, you might remember the Apollos, a pro soccer team that sporadically played through the 60s, 70s, and 80s.The Atlanta Ruckus took up the home team soccer title in the 90s, eventually becoming the Silverbacks when the zoo bought the team. And who could forget the Atlanta Fire Ants, the city’s roller hockey team, playing in the heyday of the sport?
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