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Top Places to Catch Georgia Sports with the Family

Enjoy family time while discovering some of Georgia's top sports attractions.

  • Georgia Tech Football

    Fans cheer on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, less than 2 miles from the College Football Hall of Fame, opening Aug. 23, 2014.

Sports fans in Georgia have opportunities year-round to catch their favorite teams and players in action. From professional and college football and baseball to professional and amateur motorsports, Georgia is home to scores of fun and family-friendly places to watch exciting matchups.

  • After opening in 1997, following the 1996 Olympic Games, Turner Field, “The Home of the Atlanta Braves,” set the standard for modern baseball stadiums and family-friendly amenities and offerings, including the Braves Museum & Hall of Fame/Turner Field Tours.
  • Child-friendly options at Turner Field include running the bases after Sunday home games, face airbrushing in Scouts Alley, an interactive Family Zone in the main plaza (including mini-baseball and other games and spray zones), and popular “Bark in the Park” games when dogs are welcome. Like many sporting venues in Georgia, family-friendly ticketing and inclusive packages can be a great way to go to the ballgame.
  • Family- and budget-friendly minor league baseball in Georgia includes the Gwinnett Braves and the Rome Braves (both affiliated with the Atlanta Braves); the Savannah Sand Gnats, affiliated with the New York Mets; and the Augusta GreenJackets, a San Francisco Giants farm club. Gwinnett, Rome and Augusta all feature modern ballparks, while Savannah welcomes visiting fans to the historic 1926 Historic Grayson Stadium set amidst the trees covered in Spanish moss. Minor league baseball stadiums are incredibly family-friendly, with lots of activities, games, promotions, packages and more.
  • Football pulls in fans to Atlanta’s Georgia Dome to see the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, the annual SEC Football Championship game and the Chick-fil-a Bowl. Opened in 1992 as the largest cable-supported domed stadium in the world, the Georgia Dome also has hosted two Super Bowls, gymnastics and basketball in the 1996 Olympic Games, three NCAA Final Four Championships, and many more national, regional, statewide and local events.
  • The Falcons Landing features pre-game activities, giveaways and games for kids and weekend warriors alike during regular season. Appearances by Freddie Falcon, the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders and the Atlanta Falcons Drumline add excitement to the memories waiting to be made with your family during the game.
  • Of course, basketball is another popular option in Georgia, and the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks draw cheering fans to downtown Atlanta’s Philips Arena. Set in the heart of the Luckie Marietta District, Philips Arena is surrounded by more than 2,800 hotel rooms, two dozen-plus restaurants, and 15 world-class attractions within walking distance. Philips Arena is not only home to the Hawks, but to the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream. The Philips Experience features interactive activities for children with their eyes set on being future NBA or WNBA stars.
  • Amateur sports, especially at Georgia’s many colleges, provide yet another opportunity to take in ballgames on a budget. Baseball, football, basketball and soccer provide possibilities with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Georgia State University Panthers in Atlanta, the University of Georgia Bulldogs in Athens, Georgia Southern University Eagles in Statesboro, and many other colleges throughout the state. Many college sports teams cater to their younger fans, offering kids-only clubs, many of which provide in-game goodies, pre-game team walks and stadium activities.
  • College football will put Georgia on everyone’s mind in August 2014, when the new College Football Hall of Fame opens in Atlanta. This 94,256-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, near Centennial Olympic Park, will feature 30,000 square feet of exhibit space to showcase the game’s outstanding athletes and coaches.
  • Motorsports also are popular family-friendly events in Georgia. That’s certainly the case at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where tens of thousands of families flock to see NASCAR races. Along with many family-friendly ticket packages, kids 12 and under get special discounts for the Labor Day weekend Atlanta 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race. Road Atlanta in Braselton, where kids 12 and under are always free, showcases professional and amateur sports car and motorcycle racing in a unique family-friendly setting.

Given all of these possibilities and so many more, it’s easy to see why sports are on the minds of so many Georgia residents and visitors. Just don’t forget to buy some peanuts or Cracker Jack® before you head to your seat.

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