Crowd at an Atlanta United soccer game in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by @benjamingalland
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Sports fans and athletes have had a lot to cheer about in Georgia, with the Atlanta Braves winning the 2021 World Series and the University of Georgia Bulldogs winning back-to-back National College Football Championships. From professional sports teams to amateur competitions and premier venues, Georgia hosts the world’s best athletes and sporting events year-round.

In pro sports, Georgia is also home to Atlanta United (soccer), Atlanta Hawks (basketball), Atlanta Falcons (football), Atlanta Dream (women’s basketball), and Georgia Swarm (indoor lacrosse). It hosts The Masters (golf) in Augusta, NASCAR (auto racing) in Atlanta, and U.S Open Series tennis every year, and has hosted the Olympic Games (1996), Super Bowl (1993, 1999, 2019), and NCAA Final Four (1977, 2002, 2007, 2013), among many other premier championships. In 2026, Atlanta will be a host city for the FIFA World Cup (soccer).

Family-favorite minor-league teams in Georgia include baseball's Rome Braves and Savannah Bananas; hockey's Atlanta GladiatorsMacon Mayhem, and Savannah Ghost Pirates; and South Georgia Tormenta FC (soccer). Top-ranked collegiate teams thrill fans with exciting matchups in all sports from football and basketball to gymnastics to swimming.

Amateur athletes compete and practice at an incredible array of facilities throughout the state from the Rome Tennis Center and LakePoint Sporting Community in northwest Georgia to Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club, built on Lake Lanier for the 1996 Olympic Games, and the International Disc Golf Center near Augusta.

Georgia’s facilities for recreational sports are unmatched in quality and variety. Race bicycles at the Dick Lane Velodrome, and go mountain biking at trails throughout North Georgia. Go horseback riding, quail hunting, rock climbing and so much more in Georgia.

Browse the trip ideas and listings below to plan your next sports-filled trip to Georgia.

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